DELTA Air Lines, the leading US carrier in Ghana, has presented gift items and a trophy to Active Innovators from Zambia for emerging as winners of the Social Impact Award at the 2019 Junior Achievement Africa Company of the Year (COY) finals.
The competition, hosted for the second successive year in Ghana, brought together 44 young entrepreneurs in senior secondary schools from Botswana, Eswatini, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe as well as government officials, senior business executives and JA Board Members.
Delta Air Lines, a three-time supporter of the COY competition sponsors the Social Impact Award, which recognizes values-driven corporate social responsibility and impact in the community.
Shane Spyak, Delta’s Vice President Europe, Middle East, Africa, and India (EMEAI) said, “At Delta, we’re committed to helping the communities where we live and work. I was very impressed by Active Innovators’ vision and innovative thinking to improve not only their school environment but also help young women less fortunate than they.”
CEO of JA Africa, Elizabeth Bintliff added, “Every year, the level of competition gets better. Every year, we challenge our students and they rise to the occasion each time. We are grateful to Delta Air Lines for recognizing Active Innovators for their social impact.”
Elvis Ngosa, CEO of Active Innovators said: “we are honored to be recognized by Delta Air Lines for our corporate responsibility.” He concluded by expressing appreciation to JA and Delta Air Lines for giving students across Africa the opportunity to build their entrepreneurship and work readiness skills from such a young age. “Thank you for investing in our future,” Elvis Ngosa said.
Active Innovators received a trophy, digital cameras and Delta-branded promotional gifts as their prize. The company produces a range of household kitchen items made from recycled materials such as plastic bottles and bottle tops with part of the profits donated to helping less fortunate women and young girls. They also donated some of their products to the Home Management and Hospitality Department in their school, and brooms to a nearby community school to ensure the students have clean facilities every day.
Entrepreneurship education is a critical pathway to solving the growing youth employment challenge in Africa and JA’s mission is to bridge this gap. JA Africa prepares youth for the future of jobs through the delivery of in financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship training, reaching over 250,000 young people in 15 countries in Africa each year.
JA Africa is a member of JA Worldwide, one of the largest global organizations focused on the economic empowerment of youth.