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Tourism authority adopts DGS’ Junior Achievers

first_img Tweet Sharing is caring! Share EducationLocalNewsSecondary Tourism authority adopts DGS’ Junior Achievers by: – November 11, 2013 Sharecenter_img Share 106 Views   no discussions Junior Achievement Dominica’s Executive Director Natasha Yeeloy-LabadThe Discover Dominica Authority (DDA) of the Ministry of Tourism and Invest Dominica Authority (IDA) of the Ministry of Employment, Trade, Industry & Diaspora Affairs has supported the Junior Achievement (JA) Dominica chapter by adopting the Dominica Grammar School’s (DGS) Junior Achievers.This partnership was announced at a press conference on November 11 by the executive director of JA Dominica Natasha Yeeloy-Labad, who stated that the DDA and IDA have been working in collaboration to support the DGS students.She stated that it is a fitting time to launch this collaboration as the week ahead is being recognized as Global Entrepreneurship Week.Through this mentorship programme, students are not only being prepared to meet the academic requirements for the world of work, but are also prepared and challenged to think global.“One of the ways they do that is to collaborate and bring on board persons in corporate Dominica who are exposed to those expertises.”Gloria Joseph, DDA’s human resource manager and lead mentor from both companies said she is happy to be one of the many employees affiliated with the programme.Human Resource Manager and Lead Mentor, Gloria Joseph“It is an awesome responsibility for us and we embrace it although we have very busy work schedules, we realize that our work experience and the support and guidance we can afford to students will redound to the good of Dominica and the economy in the future.”Despite their work schedules, she said, they have realized their corporate responsibility is not only to promote Dominica for both investment and tourism but the ultimate goal is to stimulate economic growth via various means.“We see that our partnership with the Junior Achievement of Dominica will help in that venture in that it is not only futuristic; it’s now, that the students can do something now and we can show them that they have within them the potential, the entrepreneurship potential, the creative ability… they have some things within them that are lying there latent and what our job is to do is to stimulate that latent potential into activity,” she explained.A lot more can be done to encourage the young people to do things that are good and wholesome and that they can create employment for themselves. This she said is the aspect of the DDA and IDA’s support.“We realize that we may not have it in cash…but we realize that our contribution in kind in terms of the resource personnel that are committed to the programme every week or every other week can give also valuable service to the Junior Achievement and thereby we can instill a sense of business among the students.”The volunteers will provide mentorship to the students of the DGS Junior Achievement helping to mold their lives so that they can develop the “acumen for business” and becoming astute.Mrs Joseph is hopeful that what they develop will spill over into their academic part of their lives so that “the same seriousness with which they take their business, is the same seriousness with which they will take their school work, their programmes, their classes, their assignments, their projects and the final examination that they will do”.Training in various aspects of business is also provided by these mentors from the conceptualization of a business idea into the implementation and finally the assessment and everything that falls in between.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img

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