Goal is a Standard Chartered Bank community initiative that uses sport and life skills education to empower adolescent girls, providing knowledge and offering a safe place to play.
Goal is a Standard Chartered Bank community initiative that uses sport and life skills education to empower adolescent girls, providing knowledge and offering a safe place to play. Launched in Delhi in India with Naz Foundation as the first implementer, Goal reached 70 girls in 2006. Today, the programme is running in four countries – India, Nigeria, Jordan and China – and has reached over 14,000 girls, nearly 12,000 in 2010 alone. Goal uses sports training and life skills education to empower adolescent girls. The programme teaches girls the critical facts about health, communication, rights and managing their personal finances in order to help them transform not just their own lives, but those of their families, friends and future generations. They have also been piloting various models for the economic empowerment of Goal participants. Their plan is to use their expertise and assets to help Goal Champions take the next step, whether it is securing access to finance to start their own businesses, or continuing their education so they can compete for a job. In 2011, Goal will focus on ways that we can capitalise on their position as an employer of choice in their markets to train Goal Champions and offer them work experience in different functions across Standard Chartered. Building on a model from the Kenyan NGO Global Give Back Circle, we hope to pilot vocational training and job placements in at least two Goal countries. Standard Chartered is also working with experts, such as the Population Council, to understand how we can help integrate girls into formal financial systems and get them on to the path of saving early in their lives.View all projects