Standard Chartered celebrates first year of education programme

Standard Chartered celebrates first year of education programme

KARACHI: Standard Chartered celebrates completion of first year of its education programme "Goal" that provides financial literacy, life skills and employability training to low-income adolescent girls in Pakistan.

Since the launch of the programme in April 2016, the Bank has reached a total of 2447 beneficiaries, exceeding the planned target of 1,765 girls across seven schools in Lyari. These include 1587 full Goal participants, 54 leaders and over 800 girls from the community. The programme aims to reach an additional 2500 girls this year.

Shazad Dada, Chief Executive Officer, Standard Chartered Pakistan said that the Goal was launched in April 2016, with an aim to address issues affecting adolescent girls in Pakistan through sport-based leadership skills. "I am proud that we have so far been successful in our journey and that our contribution has made a positive difference to the community", he added. Goal inspires girls to take their first steps towards becoming economically empowered young women and will provide girls in Pakistan with the launching pad to reach their potential.

Training curriculum is based on four training modules. 'Be Money Savvy' focuses on financial education; 'Be Yourself' imparts communication skills; 'Be Healthy' builds knowledge on health and hygiene, and 'Be Empowered' teaches girls confidence and life skills.