Dominica State College (DSC) emerged winners of the Junior Achievement (JA) Dominica and Scotiabank Innovation Camp 2019 which was held recently at the Dominica Public Service Union Hall.
This camp forms part of the Road to Success initiative sponsored by Scotiabank International. Four School Teams were given the task to find innovative solutions to challenges that emerge in the world of finance and business.
The participating teams included the Convent High School (CHS), Dominica State College (DSC), Isaiah Thomas Secondary School (ITSS) and Dominica Grammar School (DGS) who were assisted by mentors in producing viable solutions.
Convent High School came in the 1st Runner-up position while Isaiah Thomas Secondary School and Dominica Grammar School were awarded for their participation.
The Dominica State College team’s presentation centered on the need to develop a SWIFT (Snapchat, Whats App, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter) based platform to promote and deliver improved financial literacy programs.
The team comprises Kodie Jean Jacques, Kieyah Lawrence, Kayjah Charles and Shaniah Edwards. They will represent Dominica at the online based Regional Innovation Camp later this year.
For the competition at the DPSU hall, the teams brought along their fellow students as supporters and they were also engaged in educational games centered on making informed decisions in regards to entrepreneurial development, workplace readiness and wise financial management. This was in keeping with the local observance of Global Money Week (GMW).
GMW is a Child & Youth Finance International (CYFI) initiative; it is an annual financial awareness campaign built to inspire children and young people to learn about money matters, livelihoods and entrepreneurship, it is held in March each year. This year GMW 2019 took place worldwide from 25–31 March 2019.
Executive Director of Junior Achievement Dominica, Mrs. Rhanda Alexander-Alfred highlighted the work of Junior Achievement particularly its new initiatives including its ongoing online based Road to Success Programme. Scotiabank Dominica’s representative Ms. Reina Letang advised the students that budgeting should be priority in their personal development. Junior Achievement Dominica is grateful to all its partners who continually support its various youth programs focusing on Entrepreneurship, Work Readiness and Financial Literacy.