Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Nokia and JA - Helping Connect Young Entrepreneurs in Ghana

Norwegian Students Visit Ghana to Sign Partnership Deal with Ghanaian Counterparts

An initiative by a not-for-profit organization JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT and NOKIA to encourage the youth in Ghanaian secondary schools (high schools) develop interest in entrepreneurship seems to be yielding fruits. Known as the Enterprise without Borders (EwB), the initiative aims at helping to build entrepreneurial partnership between schools in Africa, Middle East, Europe and the United States of America. Under the initiative, student enterprises are set up, and they engage in cross-border businesses via the internet.

One of such student enterprises, Half and Half Trade at Lambertseter Secondary School in Oslo, Norway are in Ghana to among other things, sign a joint venture agreement with a Ghanaian student enterprise GIANT LINK. They will also participate in diverse cultural activities. Giving further detail about the EwB initiative, the Executive Director of JA, Jefferson Agbai explained that the cross border international partnerships are facilitated through the Enterprise without Borders (EwB) portal. 

Teachers and students register for participation and students upload their company profiles and enter an entrepreneurial dating game. Mr. Agbai said the EwB is about students sharing good ideas, selling each other’s products in each others’ markets and visiting their markets. The portal operates as a web-shop. The products and services of the companies registered can all be viewed there.

On his part, the Head of Communications for Nokia West Africa, Osagie Ogunbor said Nokia is proud to be associated with the EwB initiative, which essentially promotes innovation and creativity among youths. He said the values being promoted among the youths through the Enterprise without Borders are in sync with Nokia values.

The EwB, which began in Ghana in 2009, has reached over 200 students across the five regions of Ghana. The coordinator of EwB in Ghana Kwabena Kugblenu disclosed that 14 student enterprises were created in the 2009/2010 academic session. He said Junior Achievement has concluded plans to get more students involved in the Enterprise without Borders initiative. He thanked Nokia for the sponsorship, which he said has helped a great deal in sustaining the programme.

About Junior Achievement® (JA) 
Junior Achievement is the world's largest organization dedicated to inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy. Through a dedicated volunteer network, Junior Achievement provides in-school and after-school programs for students which focus on three key content areas: work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy. Today, 137 individual area operations reach more than four million students in the United States, with an additional five million students served by operations in 123 other countries worldwide. For more information, visit JA

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