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Jamaica Observer

Energy Company Introduces Primary School Students To Entrepreneurship

by: Staff

NEW Fortress Energy (NFE), with a commitment to making a positive impact on Jamaica's economic development through youth, education and entrepreneurship, has partnered with Junior Achievement Jamaica (JA), to help 1,200 students from primary schools in Old Harbour and the JAMALCO refinery communities participate in a four-week, in-class entrepreneurship and business curriculum as part of the JA BizTown programme.

Scheduled to begin during National Youth Month in November, JA BizTown is the first and the only one of its kind in the Caribbean and Latin America and is designed to develop and sharpen the business and entrepreneurship acumen of students from an early age. The programme is correlated with the Ministry of Education, Youth & Information's National Standards Curriculum and exposes students to specialised in-class learning through several Jamaican private sector businesses giving students the opportunity to undertake various functions just like the professionals employed in these organisations.

Verona Carter, vice-president, public affairs, New Fortress Energy said: “Tomorrow's economic indicators are sitting in today's classrooms, therefore NFE believes it's very important to include entrepreneurship as a core aspect of the schools' curriculum from very early because of the fundamental role that these students will play in driving Jamaica's economic outlook in the future. We are very happy to be partnering with Junior Achievement Jamaica to educate students about financial literacy and entrepreneurial thinking while preparing them for work readiness as innovators and entrepreneurs. This is profoundly important to our founder and chairman Wes Edens, in his vision to advance Jamaica's economic growth and development for the Jamaican people.”

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