About JA Africa

JA Africa prepares Africa's youth for the future of jobs.

Through the delivery of hands-on, blended learning in financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship, we empower young people to grow their entrepreneurial ideas, hone their work skills, manage their earnings and secure better lives for themselves, their families, and their communities.
With a presence in 15 countries in Africa, JA reaches over 240,000 young people each year.

Junior Achievement programs were first introduced in sub-Saharan Africa in 1979.
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Our Vision

The mission of JA Africa is to inspire and prepare young people in Africa to succeed in a global economy.

Our Mission

The mission of JA Africa is to see social mobility and financial inclusion among African youth through financial literacy, improved employability and microenterprise creation.


Our History

Junior Achievement was founded in the US in 1919 by Theodore Vail, president of American Telephone & Telegraph; Horace Moses, president of Strathmore Paper Co.; and Senator Murray Crane of Massachusetts. Its first program, JA Company Program®, was offered to high school students on an after-school basis. Over the last 37 years, JA Africa has expanded its activities and broadened its scope to include in-school and out of school students.

Our Leadership

Mr. Charles Olumuyiwa Moyela, Sr. Communications Consultant at the African Development Bank Chairs the JA Africa Board of Directors. JA Africa board members represent a wide range of businesses and academic institutions around the world.

Elizabeth Elango Bintliff is the Chief Executive Officer of JA Africa. 

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