The Kuwait youth organization INJAZ Kuwait, forms part of the global network of Junior Achievement (JA) Worldwide, this being the largest organization in the world of its kind, whose aim is to better prepare young people from school age to university for work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy.
The British School of Kuwait (BSK) has a long history with INJAZ Kuwait going back to 2008 and participation in the Company Programme. Whilst BSK’s links with INJAZ Kuwait have changed direction from year to year they have always gone from strength to strength, reflecting the varied and contemporary programmes they offer and the way that these can be integrated into the curriculum at BSK.
For the academic year 2015-2016, INJAZ volunteers contributed to the Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) programme delivered to Secondary students at BSK. The volunteers visited BSK over a five week period, and from the perspective of both our students and the volunteers, these programmes were very well received. The INJAZ volunteers commented on the enthusiasm, aptitude and commitment the BSK students displayed, and similarly BSK students said how much they enjoyed working with adults from industry and the benefits an alternative learning perspective afforded them.
The receipt by BSK of the award for the ‘Top Private School – with the most contributed hours’ is indeed a fitting accolade for the relationship that has been forged over many years of collaboration. The philanthropic investment of time and expertise by big business in Kuwait into the education of students is in many ways one of the most valuable gifts they are able to offer.
The growth and development of young people expected to make tough educational choices that best prepare themselves for the increasingly competitive workplace is not only the responsibility of schools and universities. It is a collective responsibility of so many, and the contribution made by organisations such as INJAZ Kuwait is invaluable, tailoring their courses in consultation with the most successful businesses Kuwait has to offer, to meet the ever-changing needs of society at home in Kuwait and overseas.