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Partner of the Week: Junior Achievement, Zimbabwe

Posted in Blogs on August 31, 2023

Junior Achievement Zimbabwe is an organisation committed to nurturing the potential of Zimbabwean youth. JA Zimbabwe has been working with students for 24 years. The main goal of the organisation is to empower and equip the younger generation with vital skills in financial literacy, vocational readiness, and entrepreneurial expertise. Operating within Zimbabwe, their efforts haven’t just fuelled individual growth, but have also ignited transformative change within their local community.  

The organisation’s mission goes beyond traditional education. They are committed to improving the lives of young Zimbabweans by prioritising education for girls, concentrating on their financial literacy, promoting rights and responsibilities, and tackling issues related to sexual reproductive health. Through innovative and targeted trainings in financial literacy and Sexual Reproductive and Health Rights, JA Zimbabwe is making a tangible impact on the lives of the local youth. 


Our Partnership 

Starting in 2011, JA Zimbabwe and Aflatoun formed a partnership that aligns perfectly with their shared vision of empowering youth through social and financial education. JA Zimbabwe chose to partner with Aflatoun to implement the Aflateen+ programme, enhancing their community development initiatives. JA Zimbabwe has joined hands with Aflatoun, uniting in the mission of empowering youth through social and financial education. This partnership opens doors for young individuals to actively participate in society, fostering a sense of belonging and shared growth. 


Empowering Change Through Aflateen+ 

The Aflateen+ curriculum has been a foundation of JA Zimbabwe’s efforts. By utilising this programme, they’ve empowered young individuals to actively engage in society and equipped them with the tools to make informed decisions. Through financial education and the development of life skills, JA Zimbabwe is taking direct action to address social challenges like prostitution, gender-based violence, and substance abuse. This partnership is truly a testament to the potential of collaboration in driving meaningful change. 

 "Social and financial education is the cornerstone for empowering youth to become active contributors to society. It not only serves as a catalyst for ending abuse and reducing societal vices like prostitution, gender-based violence, and substance abuse but also fosters financial independence and informed decision-making among students."  — JA Zimbabwe

Proud Initiatives: A Journey of Progress 

One of JA Zimbabwe’s proudest initiatives is their partnership with the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education. This collaboration underscores their commitment to creating a sustainable impact on education in Zimbabwe. Through this initiative, they have been able to extend their reach and amplify their efforts, touching the lives of countless young individuals and promoting a brighter future for the country. 


Reusable Sanitary Pads: the new Entrepreneurship from Mutare 

Through their implementation of Aflateen+, JA Zimbabwe has been instrumental in transforming the lives of students. An inspiring example is the story of a group of students from Mutare Girls High who, as a result of their engagement in social and financial enterprises, began producing Reusable Sanitary Pads. This initiative not only addressed a critical health concern but also empowered students with practical entrepreneurial skills. The project’s success is evident in improved health and financial benefits, reduced school time lost, increased household incomes, and enhanced community awareness on crucial issues. JA Zimbabwe’s dedication to empowering youth and creating positive change is truly remarkable. Their partnership with Aflatoun continues to transform Zimbabwean communities, fostering a brighter and more inclusive future for all.