Managing Partner of Verraki, Niyi Yusuf has congratulated Junior Achievement Nigeria (JAN), on its 20th Anniversary, paying tribute to the organization’s role in delivering unique, experiential programs focusing on the core content areas of work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy.
Speaking ahead of JAN’S 20th Anniversary celebration, Yusuf commended the JAN initiative and its leadership’s commitment to pool resources from the private and public sector to improve the delivery of practical education, particularly entrepreneurial education, to the nation’s youth, stressing the role this plays in igniting the spark in young people to enable them to experience the world of business and realize the opportunities and realities of work and life in the 21st century.
According to him, JAN has mentored a significant number of Nigeria’s leading entrepreneurs today, in sectors as diverse as entertainment, financial services, start-up, not for profit, social enterprises among others and created a bridge between the classroom and the workplace for children and young adults.
“Nigeria needs conscientious business leaders who focus on ‘being’ over ‘having’; leaders who believe in living a mission-based life of impact and purpose. JAN nurtures this, with an environment and training that bridges the gap between knowledge, skills and real societal problems.
“I feel privileged to have been part of this idea as a volunteer from Andersen Consulting during the early days of JAN and the organization has now impacted and trained over 970,000 Nigerians with 4,000+ volunteers since inception almost 20 years ago. JAN has started a movement that will continue to drive change in young people”.
Junior Achievement Nigeria (JAN), a member of Junior Achievement Worldwide, the world’s oldest and largest nonprofit economic education organization dedicated to empowering students on financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship through experiential, hands-on programs, in partnership with Ja-Nigeria Board Members such as Dangote, Firstbank, Citibank, Stanbic IBTC, Deloitte, Schlumberger, Verraki Partners, Sigma Pensions and Agile Communications.