The creation of Jonk Entrepreneuren Luxembourg asbl (a non-profit organisation) is in line with the “National Plan for Innovation and Full Employment”, and with the Lisbon Strategy. The association, which brings together representatives from the school and business worlds, was created (in 2005) in order to perpetuate and boost the “entrepreneurial spirit” movement in Luxembourg’s education system.
Jonk Entrepreneuren Luxembourg asbl pursues two major objectives:
- to explain and teach young people throughout their school curriculum that self-employment is a concrete alternative to hired employment
- to give a taste for entrepreneurship, innovation, creation and leadership
In order to achieve these objectives, the association wants to teach and raise awareness among young people about the world of economy and entrepreneurship and to introduce them to it by using projects organised at each level of Luxembourg’s education system (basic, secondary, post-secondary); to strengthen the links between the world of education and the world of business, as well as to develop and enhance an “entrepreneurial culture” in Luxembourg.
“Inspire and prepare young people to innovate, create, take initiative, and be responsible”.
- Increase self-confidence among young people by empowering them to use their potential.
- Motivate young people to take initiative, create, innovate, and take responsibility.
- To develop a dynamic and positive approach to work.
- Promote teamwork and a sense of responsibility among young people.
- To promote cooperation between the school and business worlds.
- To stimulate international cooperation.
- Developing entrepreneurial skills among young people.
- Integrate business ethics and social responsibility into the programmes.
- Focus all activities around Learning by Doing.
JA Worldwide / JA Europe
Jonk Entrepreneuren Luxembourg asbl is the Luxembourg branch of the Junior Achievement (JA) network, which is the world’s largest non-profit organisation offering entrepreneurial education programmes. Currently JA is active in 122 countries, including 40 European countries. Each year, JA programmes reach more than 10 million students worldwide and more than 3 million young people in Europe.
The association is also a member of the international organisation EUROPEN-PEN International, which manages the network of Practice Enterprise (PEs). At the international level, it supports more than 7,500 PE in schools, universities and other institutions, such as Adem, in more than 40 countries with the aim of developing employability.