Group, firm partner to empower young people on financial literacy
A non-profit economic education organisation, Junior Achievement Nigeria (JAN) has partnered with Mixta Africa to empower secondary school students in Lagos, Oyo, and Rivers to learn basic financial literacy tools.
The partnership according to the duo was aimed at educating and empowering the youth, especially girls who are the closest to having a silver bullet in the fight against economic stagnation as a society.
To this end, Mixta Africa is supporting JAN, an organisation committed to working with the public and private sectors to take a critical approach to human capital development, by sponsoring 300 public secondary school students in Nigeria.
Speaking at a virtual stakeholder’s engagement session by JAN, Chief Commercial Officer, Mixta Africa, Rolake Akinkugbe-Filani, said sustainability and the future of work are only possible through digitisation and youth empowerment.
She stated that societal development cannot happen in a vacuum. “What we need is an enabling environment. There need to be systems that enable things to happen in society not just for young people, but for businesses and the community as a whole.
According to her, there is a lot that the private sector can do in terms of building this infrastructure but we also need to see how we can work hand in hand with the public sector given the limited resources we have to make that happen.
She reiterated the firm’s commitment on sustainability, innovation, and empowerment stating that young people are at the heart of that.
“As a business, supporting the empowerment of young people is important because it is the only way to secure their future and enable their participation in the future of work,” she added.
Commenting on the partnership, Executive Director, JAN, Foluso Gbadamosi, said JAN has built a track record of success in delivering high-quality experiential hands-on programs under the three pillars of financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship to young people between the ages of five and 27, all of which have been possible with the help and support of our Board members and partners.
She added that JAN has reached over one million students since its inception and has a target of reaching another one million students by 2025 and has partnered with companies like Mixta Africa, Facebook, Google, Mastercard, Central Bank of Nigeria Sigma Pension, among others. Mixta Africa will be sponsoring BE – Entrepreneurial Program this year.