PH International

Azerbaijan School Economics Education-Junior Achievement

Country: Azerbaijan
Category: Educational Development Programs


PH International (formerly known as Project Harmony) provided support for the Junior Achievement Program in Azerbaijan for the Azerbaijan School Economics Education project over a five year period, from December 2003 to November 2008. Junior Achievement uses hands-on experiences to inspire and prepare young leaders for success in a global economy. In partnership with businesses and educators, Junior Achievement provides opportunities for youth to engage in market-based economic ventures and entrepreneurship, while fostering respect for diversity of talents, creativity, perspectives and identities.

The Azerbaijan School Economics Education project focused on preventing neglect in non-petroleum sectors by developing a workforce in schools that will spearhead Azerbaijan's business development. Under this project, Junior Achievement Azerbaijan expanded its activities to 105 (100 teachers) schools in Baku and in ten regions. The program reached 15,000 tenth and eleventh grade students. Participating students practiced applied economics through Management and Economics Simulation Exercises, and received training on computer usage and internet collaboration. Students also competed online with their peers throughout the world by participating in the Hewlett-Packard Global Business Challenge. In the last two years of the project,  online and offline mentoring relationships were developed with private businesses for 75 students per year; quarterly online forums, discussions and activities took place in collaboration with Project Harmony's Azerbaijan Connections and Exchange Program, including a forum to compare and contrasting effective media outreach in the global market; and a 12-week Global Business Ethics Program trained 30 students from 12 schools each semester. Online partnerships were developed between JAA participants and American schools to learn about the US economy and business environment, in order to build an awareness of the challenges posed by the transition from a demand to a market economy, and the societal implications of those changes.