Scheinberg Family Five Year Support for Junior Achievement

Tuesday 06 February 2024

Scheinberg Family Pledges Five-Year Support for Junior Achievement's 'Our World' Programme, Empowering Isle of Man's Young Minds

Five-year commitment to support primary schools announced

An acclaimed educational programme which has reached an impressive 7,000 pupils Island-wide is set to continue for the next five years.

For the past decade, Junior Achievement (JA) has been running the ‘Our World’ initiative, which combines skills development with raising the important topic of how countries trade with each other.

Now, courtesy of funding provided by the Scheinberg Family, the charity can continue to run the programme until 2029, reaching year six pupils in education. Their ongoing support allows JA to employ two part-time programme managers who run workshops in each school.

The interactive challenge has been designed so that every student can collaborate regardless of their academic ability. While completing the workshop, pupils learn the importance of teamwork and listening to one another and are encouraged to use their communication skills.

Sue Cook, Chief Executive of Junior Achievement, said, ‘The support from the Scheinberg Family has meant every young person in local education over the last 10 years has participated in the Our World programme for which we are extremely grateful.

During that time, we received wonderful feedback from teachers and parents about how much the children enjoyed their hands-on learning experience. Some teachers have also told us how lovely it is to see all children engaged, including those with special educational needs.

Pupils are inspired to think creatively to learn what it takes to develop a new product for export to another country. They designed a product and a marketing campaign, considered the target market, and then presented their idea to the rest of the class.

We are naturally delighted the funding for this programme will be continued for a further five years.’

The Our World programme helps young people understand why products are imported and exported the effect of global supply and demand on the value, price, use and sustainability of the world’s resources.

In addition, pupils learn how businesses work together, from supplying raw materials to the finished product and the connection between each other, alongside what happens when the supply chain breaks and goods are not delivered.

Junior Achievement is a Manx-registered charity dedicated to helping the Island’s young people gain the essential skills they need to get a job or start their own business.

For more than 40 years, Junior Achievement has been providing financial literacy, employability and entrepreneurship education to students in the Isle of Man. It works in every primary and secondary school, reaching an average of 5,000 students each year.

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