Lentegeur High pupils gain business skills

Pupils from Lentegeur High School in Mitchell’s Plain recently took part in the Junior Achievement South Africa (JA South Africa) Mini Enterprise Programme, learning the fundamental skills needed to start sustainable businesses to achieve their entrepreneurial dreams.

The impact of the programme on the pupils and school was felt almost immediately.

The pupils volunteered to host a school market day, which they developed in just two days.

They generated more than R1 000 in profit that they re-invested as start-up capital for their JA South Africa programme businesses.

In addition, the pupils decided to nominate their school as their company’s corporate social responsibility beneficiary, which involved a school ground clean-up and planting of a tree to commemorate their efforts.

Junior Achievement South Africa (JA South Africa) is a non- profit organisation affiliated to JA Worldwide (www.jaworldwide.org), one of the largest business education organisations in the world, operating in over 120 countries.

For the past 37 years, JA South Africa has been providing essential entrepreneurial and financial literacy programmes to young people of all ages, across the country, in both rural and urban environments. JA’s unique, experiential programmes ignite the spark in young people to experience and realize the opportunities and realities of work and life in the 21st century.