Junior Achievement helps build entrepreneurs and engaged employees

The Today newspaper posted the online version of its article entitled "Going Beyond Teaching Business Skills to Groom Entrepreneurs" and in it the author describes how Junior Achievement helps teach entreprenuership to the youth of Singapore.  More than 20,000 students attended programs taught by JA volunteers last year in Singapore.  This is a tremendous accomplishment, having started on a shoe string budget back in 2008. It makes me proud to be one of the Founding Directors of JA Singapore and its current Vice Chairman.  I see a great linkage between my role in JA and the kind of curriculum taught to our executive students in the Fox Temple EMBA program.
Last night, our Human Resources Round Table discussed what it takes to get employees engaged at work.  Arundhati Ragavan, Fox MSHRM 2013, told how todays generation of employees seek opportunities to volunteer on behalf of the companies they join.  JA provides a solid outlet for such volunteerism in a well organized and defined framework.  Since its founding in the the US back in 1918, Junior Achievement has become a global non for profit.  Conducted throughout the Asian countries, each year the students in Singapore compete in various busines competitions that allow them to progress to regional and global events. 
David Barker
Managing Director IEEC
representing Temple University in Singapore
 

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