Educating girls and giving them the tools to shape their future has an incredible multiplier effect on economic growth, Standard Chartered Bank’s chief executive officer has said.
Herman Kasekende made the remarks during the launch of Goal – a project aimed at helping adolescent girls acquire financial literacy and life skills through sports and educative models. “Adolescent girls can be the most significant agent of change but we don’t aocate for affirmative action but equal opportunities,” Kasekende said.
About 1,800 adolescent girls from around Kampala and Mukono outskirts, will be targeted in the Shs62 million project, launched recently in Kampala by Standard Chartered Bank in partnership with Brac Uganda.
“All those that excel will be invited to empower other girls as goal champions,” Caroline Nansukusa, the administrative officer of empowerment and leadership for adolescents, a development programme within Brac, said. It will run from October 1 to March 31, 2015.
In July, Brac trained 24 girls to act as ‘trainers of trainees’ for the first phase of the project.
“We decided to concentrate on sports because it is easy for girls to stay engaged and excited in sports activities,” Emily Gakizza said.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor