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Five Year Commitment To Support Primary Schools Announced

02 February 2024

An acclaimed educational programme which has reached an impressive 7,000 pupils Island-wide is

set to continue for the next five years.

For the past decade, Junior Achievement (JA) has been running the ‘Our World’ initiative which

combines skills development with raising the important topic of how countries trade with each


Now, courtesy of funding provided by the Scheinberg family, the charity can continue to run the

programme until 2029, reaching every year six pupil in education. Their ongoing support allows JA to

employ two part-time programme managers who run workshops in each school.

The interactive challenge has been designed so every student can collaborate regardless of their

academic ability. Whilst completing the workshop, pupils learn the importance of teamwork,

listening to one another and are encouraged to use their communication skills.

Sue Cook, Chief Executive of Junior Achievement, said ‘The support from the Scheinberg family has

meant every young person in local education over the last 10 years has participated in the Our

World programme for which we are extremely grateful.

‘During that time, we have received wonderful feedback from teachers and parents about how much

the children enjoy their hands-on learning experience. Some teachers have also told us how lovely it

is to see all children engaged, including those with special educational needs.

‘Pupils are inspired to think creatively to learn what it takes to develop a new product for export to

another country. They design a product and a marketing campaign, consider the target market and

then present their idea to the rest of the class.

‘We are naturally delighted the funding for this programme will be continued for a further five


The Our World programme helps young people understand why products are imported and

exported, as well as the effect of global supply and demand on the value, price, use and

sustainability of the world’s resources.In addition, pupils learn how businesses work together from supplying raw materials to the finished

product and the connection between each other, alongside what happens when the supply chain

breaks and goods are not delivered.

Junior Achievement is a Manx-registered charity dedicated to helping the Island’s young people gain

the essential skills they need to get a job or start their own business.

For more than 40 years, Junior Achievement has been providing financial literacy, employability and

entrepreneurship education to students in the Isle of Man. It works in every primary and secondary

school, reaching an average of 5,000 students each year.

For more information on how you can support the work of the charity visit