Nokia has partnered with global Not-for-profit organisation, Junior Achievement  (JA) to deliver a cross-border entrepreneurship program with students in senior high schools. Known as the Enterprise without Borders (EwB), the initiative is aimed at giving students running mini-companies the opportunity to create international partnerships as part of their JA-YE experience.

Through a website – Enterprise without Borders (EwB) portal, teachers and schools register for participation and students upload their company profiles and enter an entrepreneurial ‘dating game’. EwB is about students sharing good ideas; selling each others’ products in each others’ markets; reducing costs by getting certain services or product components from other countries; and visiting each other’s markets.

The EwB portal presents the activities of the registered students’ mini-companies operating in different countries. On the portal participating students and schools can familiarize themselves with other colleague’s products and services. Students and schools can also search for partners to communicate and trade with.

The portal operates as a web-shop. The products and services of the companies registered on the portal can all be viewed there by students and schools. The registered companies are also able to create product and service catalogues, and also present the company, its activities and members on a separate page.

Through Nokia’s support for the project, 200 students graduated in 2010 while another 300 students graduated in 2011 from 10 schools drawn across three regions (Central, Greater Accra and Volta) of Ghana. For this year, the participating schools have also begun possible joint-venture negotiations with their counterparts in Europe and the United States.

Kwabena G. Kugblenu, EwB Coordinator for Ghana said the programme promotes access to numerous best practices and also provides participants the opportunity to learn and innovate. Only last year, students from the Lambertseter Secondary School, Oslo in Norway visited their counterparts in Ghana and they shared useful experiences.

“Nokia is very excited to be part of this program,” says James Rutherfoord, Vice President for Nokia West Africa. He said youth empowerment and leadership are the pivot on which Nokia hinges its Corporate Social Investment (CSI) initiatives.

List of participating Schools in JA/Nokia Enterprise without Borders

Greater Accra

Holy Trinity SHS, Jamestown (High Street)Accra Academy, BubuashiePresbyterian Boys Senior High School,LegonMargaret Mary Senior High School,Dansoman

Volta Region

Central Region

Mfantsipim SHS, Cape CoastAggrey Memorial SHS, Cape CoastSt. Augustine’s College, Cape CoastAdisadel College, Cape CoastGhana National CollegeRelated Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

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