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Partner of the Week: Junior Achievement of Armenia

Posted in Partner of The Week on August 24, 2017

Junior Achievement of Armenia (JAA) is a non-governmental organisation and an affiliate of Junior Achievement Worldwide. Junior Achievement of Armenia gives today’s Armenian youth the necessary skills and knowledge to compete and succeed in tomorrow’s world and to educate and inspire young people to value free enterprise and civil society.

JAA piloted the Aflatoun and Aflateen programme in 2010. The materials were translated into the Armenian language and adapted to the local context. The students welcomed the programme with enthusiasm and even those from other classes wanted to join the programme. Also teachers have asked JAA teachers to provide them with some Aflatoun study materials to discuss them during their lessons with children.

“From the first day, the pupils loved the Aflateen programme. My fears that the number of students in the group would diminish did not come true. On the contrary, the number of those who wanted to participate in the programme gradually increased." — Nana Madoyan, teacher

After the successful pilot phase, the official partnership between Aflatoun and JAA started in July 2011. JAA implemented the Aflatoun and Aflateen programme at six schools. Since the beginning, Aflatoun’s partnership with JAA was focused on the key content areas of financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship. Today, the Aflatoun and Aflateen programmes are implemented in six regions. Each school has Aflateen clubs, where the average amount saved per child is €40 a month.

In 2017, the Ministry of Education of Armenia and Junior Achievement of Armenia started together with the implementation of a national entrepreneurship education programme for grades 2 to 11. JAA is going to conduct teacher trainings, prepare materials for different age groups and provide technical assistance to the Ministry during the entire process.

 

“Social enterprise was my favorite theme in the Aflateen lessons. Before participating in this programme I didn't know what social enterprise meant, haven't even heard that phrase before. Now I know what social entrepreneurship is and how important it is to reform our lives”. — Varduhi Manukyan, 15-years-old

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