THOMAS J BATA AWARD FOR QUALITY
At a gala awards dinner, JA-YE Europe announced the recipient of the second Thomas J Bata Quality Award.
The award recognizes a JA-YE member organization for demonstrating the highest standard of excellence in the JA-YE network. The winner is a role model within JA-YE and for other NGOs as it has cultivated a reputation for quality at home and abroad among business and government leaders.
The award was judged by a jury of JA-YE Europe board members who assessed 8 member organizations against criteria which included performance in 4 strategic areas: human and organizational capital; programmes/activities; sustainability and resources; positioning. In order to receive the award, JA Bulgaria had to qualify as a “Model Organization” in the 2 previous years.
The winner, JA Bulgaria (www.jabulgaria.org) was announced at the JA-YE Europe Annual Awards dinner in front of an audience made up of 150 business leaders, politicians, students and teachers. Speaking about the award recipient Caroline Jenner, JA-YE Europe CEO said; “JA Bulgaria have always been leaders within the pan-European network and indeed global JA organization. They have grown student numbers to 26,661 in the last academic year and have a top-quality reputation at the national level. This year they will host our Enterprise Challenge event for graduate entrepreneurs. Their spirit of initiative is an example to us all.”
Milena Stoycheva, JA Bulgaria CEO, received the award along with Bulgarian students who were attending the awards dinner.
Notes to Editors
JA-YE Europe (www.ja-ye.org) is Europe’s largest provider of entrepreneurship education programmes, reaching 3.1 million students in 38 countries in 2009. Funded by businesses, institutions, foundations and individuals, JA-YE brings the public and private sectors together to provide young people in primary and secondary schools and early university with high-quality education programmes to teach them about enterprise, entrepreneurship, business and economics in a practical way. The JA-YE Company Programme is recognised by the European Commission Enterprise Directorate General as a ‘Best Practice in Entrepreneurship Education’. JA-YE Europe is the European headquarters for JA Worldwide.
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