Standard Chartered Bank hosted a gender empowerment and skills development programme for its 45 Goal coaches and facilitators between the ages of 11 and 20 years on the second anniversary of StandChart Ghana’s Goal project’s launch.

Working with Debate Mate Ltd, the programme focussed on equipping Goal participants with key communication, leadership entrepreneurial and employability skills to enable them to be successful in life. Goal coaches were also equipped with knowledge, skills and resources to deliver sustainable programmes in their local communities.

Some topical issues addressed in the training included merits of social media, feasibility of mainstreaming 50:50 gender split into all sports teams, and the value of only supporting locally-owned businesses and producers over foreign companies.

Mrs. Asiedua Addae, Head Corporate Affairs, Brand and Marketing at StandChart Ghana said the bank was delighted to have had this training for its Goal coaches and facilitators. She was confident that the skills acquired during the training would serve participants well and that they would in turn transfer the knowledge to other girls in their communities.

Goal is the StandChart’s community engagement programme that combines sports with life-skills training to empower girls with the confidence, knowledge and skills they need to be integral economic leaders in their families and communities. Goal was launched in Ghana in May 2017 with peer coaches from The Right to Dream Academy and Nimobi Ladies.