A group of schoolchildren in New York City experienced a lesson in international business when HSBC and not-for-profit organisation Junior Achievement (JA) “crashed” their classroom.

Students in the seventh grade (aged 12 and 13) at St Gregory the Great School in Manhattan took part in a surprise lesson led by HSBC employees. The volunteers explained to pupils how their jobs regularly brought them into contact with people from different cultures. They also discussed different customs and business practices around the world.

I want my daughter to be open-minded, embrace other cultures and be truly prepared to enter a global job market

The lesson was arranged to celebrate the launch of JA Global Marketplace, a new curriculum developed with support from HSBC in the form of business expertise and a USD2 million grant.

The curriculum offers a series of interactive digital lessons on how to succeed in an increasingly global workplace, including information about different cultures, the global job market, trade barriers and business ethics. It will be used in schools across the US, potentially reaching up to 150,000 students in the coming years. HSBC volunteers will teach the curriculum in some cities.

Inwha Huh, Head of Global Trade and Receivables Finance, North America, HSBC, said: “I’m a mother of a middle-school student and like many parents, I want my daughter to be open-minded, embrace other cultures and be truly prepared to enter a global job market.”

She added that, in her role at HSBC, she sees “the positive impact of trade on companies and the economy in today’s increasingly interdependent world. Put simply, when countries trade with each other, the world becomes stronger.”

JA is dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in life, such as financial literacy and entrepreneurship. HSBC has supported JA in the US for more than 70 years.

HSBC’s involvement in the project reflects the bank’s global commitment to helping young people fulfil their potential. Read more about the HSBC Education Programme.

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