The JA Company Program® provides introductory entrepreneurship education for high school students by giving them the opportunity to organize and operate an actual business from capitalization to liquidation.Over the course of 16 weeks, students collaborate to start a business, develop a product or idea and run the business.
JA Ghana believes that entrepreneurship is one of the keys to enabling the growing numbers of youth in Ghana to become economically self-reliant. Students learn concepts like profit, customer relations, quality control, human resource management, etc. They not only learn how businesses function, but also learn and apply soft skills that are instrumental to success, such as brainstorming, consensus building, critical thinking, gathering and organizing information, group and self-assessment, interpreting production inventory, oral and written communication. Professionals from the local business community provide mentorship and coaching in the learning process, employing a variety of hands-on activities and technological supplements to challenge students to use innovative thinking.
At the end of the academic year, participating students from different schools compete by exhibiting their products and making presentations to a panel of judges. The national winners go on to represent Ghana at the Africa-wide Company of the Year (COY) Competition held in December of every year.