Delta Air Lines and Junior Achievement Africa have renewed their partnership to promote business and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education among youth across the continent.
JA Africa is one of Africa’s largest and most impactful NGOs serving youth, providing hands-on, immersive learning on work, financial health, entrepreneurship, sustainability, STEM, economics, citizenship, ethics and plus.
As part of its partnership with JA Africa, the airline will present the Delta Social Impact Award at the JA Africa Company of the Year flagship competition from December 7-9 in Lagos, Nigeria. The event is the culmination of a year of work for the young participants from Eswatini, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe who created and ran their own businesses during the last academic year as part of JA. Company program.
“As the next generation of global business leaders and travelers, we work with Junior Achievement around the world to facilitate educational programs for young people,” said Nicolas Ferri, Delta’s vice president for Europe, the Middle East, Africa and India. “We have seen the positive impact of this work here in Africa and look forward to continuing our partnership as we support the next generation to reach their full educational potential and gain meaningful employment.”
Over the next 12 months, Delta will also sponsor JA Africa’s STEM Innovation Camps for 50 school children each in Accra, Ghana, and Dakar, Senegal, two of the cities from which the airline flies nonstop to the United States. Day camps encourage creativity, critical thinking, teamwork and problem solving as youth are required to come up with solutions to solve a specific business challenge. Delta colleagues will be on hand to support the JA Africa team and provide advice and mentorship to students throughout the day.
“We are honored to have Delta Air Lines as a long-standing partner. Their sponsorship of JA Africa’s 2022 Company of the Year Competition, through the Social Impact Award, will encourage our young entrepreneurs to use innovative approaches to problem solving. social,” said Simi Nwogugu, CEO of JA Africa. “This grant will also support Innovation Camps in Ghana and Senegal, which provide a forum for our students to work in groups to tackle real-life business challenges. These programs give our students the exposure and skills they need to thrive.” in the 21st century workforce.”
Junior Achievement Africa, part of JA Worldwide, is one of the largest organizations in Africa working on the economic empowerment of youth. Delta supports 32 JA chapters on five continents to teach students about financial literacy, job readiness and entrepreneurship. JA Africa has a presence in 13 countries in sub-Saharan Africa and collectively reaches more than 300,000 youth and more than 3,000 schools each year. JA works in Côte d’Ivoire, Eswatini, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe with the aim of ensuring a better life for young people, their families and their communities.
Delta has been flying to Africa for nearly 16 years, longer than any other US carrier, and currently offers nonstop service to the US from four African countries: Ghana, Senegal, Nigeria and South Africa. It will start flying from Cape Town in December.