In its quest to raise the standard of living among girls, the Standard Chartered Bank has restated its commitment towards building their skill set.
The bank gave this assurance at a forum held at the Ovie Brume Youth Centre, in Lagos.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Diran Olojo, Head Corporate Affairs, Standard Chartered Bank, who gave the welcome address, said the Goal Project, a unique project which focused on adolescent girls, had the support of the bank, because the bank believes women play a major role in the economic growth of their communities.
Speaking on the Goal Project, Mrs. Iwalola Akin-Jimoh, Executive Secretary, Youths Empowerment Foundation, said the theme of the Goal project was reaching new heights was first launched in 2006 India as a pilot.
Mrs. Akin-Jimoh said the project was to maximize the potentials of the girls through live skills they do on a daily basis, like interpersonal communications, building their self esteem, being financial independent and football training.
Expatiating, she said the Goal project runs in partnership with local and international nongovernmental organisations, adding that the girls are trained in capacity building and are also encouraged to reach out to girls in their communities.
Sharing their experiences, some of the beneficiaries, including Mukolu Blessing and Innocent Idowu from Surulere Girls Secondary school,Newland Secondary School,Ajegunle, respectively, said they have learnt the art of communicating with their peers as well as how to save money.