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Nain, St Elizabeth – November 2, 2018. Nain High School doing their part to protect the environment.
Waste management in St Bess (St Elizabeth) has deteriorated as the local authorities are running out of space and resources to manage waste. This is how the little school in St Elizabeth students described the reason for their product development.
Rs Crafters, a Grade 9 student run company, was one of 41 high schools who completed the Junior Achievement Company of Entrepreneurship Program last school year. The student companies chose their company directors through a nomination process. Each company had a CEO and Directors. The business imitated a real business wherein they came up with a solution to a market problem. The Rs company developed a waterproof BAG made out of recycling materials. The company states their product is “a perfect example of the recycle-related terms; reuse, reduce and recycle”
Over 100 school run companies completed this hands-on in class program. These students spent five days on campus in residence at the University of West Indies The students got the opportunity to show case their products to their community and the school population as well as at an expo at Emancipation Park. Student companies prepared their business, marketing and financial plans for which they were judged using a matrix. Nain High School came out on top and was declared the winner in late September.
Dr. Nadine Leachman Regional Director for Region 5 of the Ministry of Education Youth and Information presented Rs Crafters team and principal Ms. Vandolyn Foster with a cheque of Five Hundred Thousand dollars for the Company of the Year winner. Students from this program were part of an entourage that went to Mexico for the global Youth Forum. The company students will be trekking off to Peru November 27 for the JA Americas regional Company of the Year conference.
JA Jamaica is a registered non-governmental organization and a member nation of Junior Achievement Worldwide, the world’s largest organization dedicated to educating students about work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy Over real world by showing them how to generate wealth and effectively manage it, how to create jobs that make their communities more robust, and how to apply entrepreneurial thinking to the workplace.