Primary School Programs :: JA Our Nation


JA Our Nation provides practical information about businesses' need for individuals who can meet the demands of the job market, including high-growth, high-demand jobs. Further, it introduces the concept of globalisation of business as it relates to production materials and the need for students to be entrepreneurial in their thinking to meet the requirements of high-growth, high-demand careers worldwide. 


It is a series of five activities recommended for students in Standard Three. The average time for each Session is 45 minutes.


The objectives listed beside each session state the skills and knowledge students will gain.


Session One: What's Your Big Idea?

Students practice being entrepreneurs by turning ideas into businesses. They identify factors needed to create a variety of entrepreneurial ventures and design an advertisement for their product.


Students will be able to:

  • Experience free enterprise and entrepreneurship. 
  • Identify the key factors in establishing an entrepreneurial business.
  • Create an advertisement.

Supplemental Session: Business Organization

Students further explore entrepreneurship by experiencing the three ways a business can be organized.


Students will be able to:

  • Identify the three types of business organizations.

Session Two: What's a Resource?

Students learn about resources and how they apply to technology, workers and the needs of businesses and industries.


Students will be able to:

  • Describe resources, particularly human and capital resources.
  • Define scarcity and opportunity cost.
  • Discuss technology as a capital resource in demand by most businesses.

Session Three: Job to Job

Students examine the skills needed by jobs that are in demand by businesses in a free enterprise system, particularly the skills related to high-growth, high-demand jobs.


Students will be able to:

  • Identify the skills that support high-growth, high-demand needs in the workplace.
  • Analyse their own skills to see how they fit in the workplace.

Session Four: A Cluster of Skills

Students learn about job clusters and the background necessary for each job. They are introduced to a simple resume that uses typical resume components.


Students will be able to:

  • Identify clusters of jobs and the background required by those jobs.
  • Create a simple resume.

Session Five: Worldwide Connections

Students are introduced to specialisation and competition. They explore how their nation is connected to the global economy. They see how specialisation and technology have contributed to free enterprise and their effect on the global business world.


Students will be able to:

  • Describe specialisation and competition in business.
  • Experience the global needs of many businesses.


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