“We cannot always build a future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.”
- Franklin D. Roosevelt
Our 'Futuremakers by Standard Chartered' initiative is exactly what it sounds like. We prepare the youth of today to take charge and take responsibility of the future. While we’ve taken up this challenge on a global scale, in India, we focus primarily on girls and the visually challenged. This is one of our big goals through which we empower girls and young women through sports and life-skills training, reflecting on our strong belief that education is the foundation for economic opportunity.
We are helping provide education and life skills to over 1,30,000 adolescent girls through different quality delivery models. We are also helping eliminate educational inequity in India through a holistic developmental model that invests in talent development and meaningful partnerships and mobilises leaders for social impact.
Through our partnership with L.V. Prasad Eye Institute, Dr. Shroff’s Charity Eye Hospital and Aravind Eye Hospital, we are helping build capacity in the Eye Health sector by creating a workforce of over 30,000 high-quality eye care professionals to combat blindness and visual impairment in India through classroom teaching and other online platforms over 2020 – 2023.
We are also looking to set up 10 career academies and train 3,500+ youth across India to help gain skills in the BFSI sector for future employability.
The Goal programme focuses on issues such as gender equality to create greater parity in the economy and in society in general. With the 50% of the world population being women, we think it is important that we encourage a more egalitarian worldview devoid of gender bias, that will have a tremendous positive impact on mitigating poverty among other United Nations Developmental Goals. We do this by instilling the values of confidence, team spirit, entrepreneurship and leadership through sport and grant them the tools to achieve their goals through effective use of technology.
Goal uses the sport of netball as a tool to build girls’ social capital, expand their networks and develop economic and social skills. It is an integral part of their 10 month curriculum that not only builds their self-confidence, but also influences their attitudes on violence against women, their roles in society and knowledge about sexual and reproductive health and financial management.
The programme also uses modern technology to greater scale the impact it has on girls. A core team of volunteers are in the process of developing, testing and launching an innovative Goal mobile application to create a common platform for collaboration and exchange of ideas between Goal girls and champions. It will also connect geographically dispersed alumni with each other and will offer access to a library of information including the Goal curriculum.
The programme has reached more than 1,30,000 girls and nearly 250,000 family members across Goal sites in Delhi, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.This has helped reduce educational inequality in India through a holistic developmental model that invests in talent development, meaningful partnerships and mobilises leaders for social impact. We are also looking to set up 10 career academies and train 3,500 plus youth across India to help gain skills in the BFSI sector for future employability.