Stan­dard Char­tered launches ‘Goal’

Pakistan Observer - - ECONOMY WATCH -

AMAN­UL­LAH KHAN KARACHI—Shazad Dada, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer, Stan­dard Char­tered Pak­istan has said that the bud­getary al­lo­ca­tions for ed­u­ca­tion are on the ex­tremely lower side which need to in­crease con­sid­er­ably as an es­sen­tial means to cap­i­tal­ize our hu­man cap­i­tal for the good of the coun­try and the peo­ple. The Stan­dard Char­tered Chief was speak­ing at the launch of Goal, which is Stan­dard Char­tered’s lead­ing ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram that pro­vides fi­nan­cial lit­er­acy, life skills and em­ploy­a­bil­ity train­ing to low-in­come ado­les­cent girls across its foot­print.

This pro­gram in fact is fo­cused on em­pow­er­ment of women to play their due role in the so­cio-eco­nomic devel­op­ment of Pak­istan. Since the launch of the pro­gramme in 2006, it has grown to be­come an in­ter­na­tion­ally rec­og­nized global move­ment op­er­at­ing in 20 coun­tries, help­ing over 217,000 young women to date. Through a com­bi­na­tion of sports and life skills train­ing, Goal aims to em­power and equip ado­les­cent girls with the con­fi­dence, knowl­edge and skills they need to be­come in­te­gral eco­nomic lead­ers in their fam­i­lies, com­mu­ni­ties and so­ci­eties.

Com­ment­ing on this launch, Shazad Dada, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer, Stan­dard Char­tered Pak­istan said that Stan­dard Char­tered’s de­ci­sion to bring GOAL to Pak­istan is part of our con­tri­bu­tion to help to ad­dress is­sues af­fect­ing ado­les­cent girls in Pak­istan. Through the sport-based lead­er­ship skills build­ing and fi­nan­cial lit­er­acy ac­tiv­i­ties, Goal aims to em­power and equip ado­les­cent girls with the con­fi­dence, knowl­edge, and skills they need to be in­te­gral lead­ers in their fam­i­lies, com­mu­ni­ties, and economies.

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