YMCA Madagascar and JA Africa Collaborate to Boost Entrepreneurship Education in Madagascar

Antananarivo, 31st January, 2024: JA Africa, one of Africa’s largest and most-impactful youth-serving NGOs, is partnering with the local youth organization, YMCA Madagascar, to introduce the JA Digital Entrepreneurship Education Program (JA DEEP) to Madagascar. This initiative marks the inception of JA programs in the country and aims to benefit 400 high school and university students by imparting essential entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills.

JA DEEP, an online-based interactive entrepreneurship curriculum, is specifically designed for young African learners, with content adapted from the successful JA Company Program®. It provides students with rigorous enterprise creation lessons and application activities similar to the classroom-based model.

The collaboration addresses the growing need for digital educational content, which is crucial for youth development in Africa, including Madagascar. The program targets equipping the youth with competitive digital business skills, preparing them to become future business leaders in the national and global economy. The overarching goal is to empower the youth to solve problems and create wealth within their communities.

As youth across Africa face challenges in acquiring skills for success in the 21st-century workforce, JA Africa’s mission is to provide them with entrepreneurial skills for the future. By introducing JA DEEP in Madagascar, the partnership aims to reduce youth unemployment by inspiring entrepreneurial mindsets among young Africans.

About JA Africa

As one of Africa’s largest and most impactful youth-serving NGOs, JA Africa delivers hands-on, immersive learning in work readiness, financial health, entrepreneurship, sustainability, STEM, economics, citizenship, ethics, and more. JA Africa has a presence in 16 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and collectively we reach more than 900,000 youth in more than 3,000 schools each year. JA Africa Works in Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, DRC, Eswatini, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Learn more at www.ja-africa.org

About YMCA Madagascar

The YMCA was established in Madagascar nearly 100 years ago in 1924. It is a national NGO focused on the development and empowerment of young people in Madagascar. 

YMCA Madagascar works for and with young people in eight regions of Madagascar, through programs, projects and activities, with the sole aim of unlocking their potential for personal and holistic development. In this way, YMCA Madagascar engages young people to be responsible and concerned citizens, and, at the same time, contributes to a positive change in their quality of life. YMCA Madagascar aims holistic approach, ensuring the personal development and transformation of the individual and its integration into the community and its influence to bring positive and sustainable change. YMCA interventions do not only solve immediate development problems but also build resilience for young people. The main strategic priority is economic empowerment: Inspired and guided by the concept of economic renaissance by the Africa Alliance of YMCAs, this first strategic focus includes all the programs that allow young people to acquire entrepreneurship awareness and skills to have access to ASSETS, to connect to opportunities and finally to build strong network in order to unite and constitute an inalienable strength for the future development of our country.

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