HSBC and Junior Achievement (JA) launched JA Global Marketplace® , an innovative approach to preparing American children for the global job market of the future. The curriculum is the capstone of a 74-year HSBC relationship with JA, and blends JA’s century-long experience in educating young people throughout the world in business and economics and HSBC contributions: global expertise, a USD2 million grant, and the hands-on involvement by HSBC employees in classrooms across the country.
Together, JA and HSBC plan to bring the curriculum to hundreds of thousands of American students.
To demonstrate how JA Global Marketplace will benefit American students, JA and HSBC staged “Crash the Classroom,” an interactive experiment with seventh graders in New York City. The surprise classroom visit included an “around the world” tour of various countries led by a diverse group of HSBC employees who provided instruction on culture and business customs.
HSBC volunteers and students take part in the "Crash the Classroom" event in New York
Interviews with the students before and after, captured on film, demonstrate that even American teenagers in a diverse community in Manhattan benefit from additional positive exposure to global cultures.
After the “Crash the Classroom” experience, one of the students said, “We need to take time to learn about different cultures, because it’s very important to life and business.” That’s a new found point-of-viewed shared by America’s teachers, 97 per cent of whom believe global competency is important to students’ futures, according to The MetLife Foundation .
Visit CrashtheClassroom.org to download tips for parents who want their kids to have the opportunity to learn more about global cultures.