Junior Achievement is a U.S.-based organization which seeks to "educate and inspire young people to value free enterprise, business and economics to improve the quality of their lives." In 1991 Junior Achievement established it first program in the former Soviet Union. Junior Achievement Kazakstan, which was founded in 1992, has three programs:
- Applied Economics is a full semester economics curriculum for high schools students. The course includes a project in which students start and maintain their own company.
- Management and Economic Simulation Exercise (MESE) is a curriculum in which students run their own company in a computer-simulated international business environment. Participants make strategic decisions which impact the bottom line of their businesses while learning to interpret balance sheets, income statements, industry reports and economic data. The simulation was developed by Harvard Associates.
- Hewlett Packard Global Business Challenge is another international business simulation game similar to MESE, with the added twist that schools compete with other schools from around the world. In 1998 the challenge involved 648 student teams from 39 countries.
Junior Achievement Kazakstan has a staff of six and an annual budget of $62,000.
A print version of much of the information contained in this Central Asian Third Sector Organizations section can be found in Civil Society in Central Asia (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1999).
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