Standard Chartered is launching its Goal programme in the UK from September this year, equipping adolescent girls with the confidence, knowledge and skills they need to thrive in today’s world and be Futuremakers.

Goal is the flagship education programme within Futuremakers, the Bank’s global initiative to tackle inequality and promote economic inclusion for young people. Goal uses sport and play-based learning to deliver modules on financial education and independence, communication skills, health and hygiene, and self-confidence. Since its launch in 2006, Goal has grown to become an internationally-recognised global movement, reaching more than 480,000 girls in over 20 countries. Now, as part of the broader Futuremakers initiative, Goal is being expanded to reach more girls and young women around the world.

Goal in the UK will be powered by Street League, the UK’s leading youth charity tackling unemployment through sport, and will be rolled out to 180 girls aged 14 to 16 across six schools in London and Liverpool. The programme uses sport and play-based games to enable girls to be active in their learning and to increase financial literacy, workforce readiness and economic empowerment.

Lindsey MacDonald, Director of Strategy and Impact at Street League added: “Every day we see the detrimental effect youth unemployment and poverty have on young people, their families and communities. Street League is committed to achieving our vision, to end youth unemployment in the UK, and we are delighted to be working alongside Standard Chartered, schools and girls to help prevent it from happening. Delivering an impact-led programme, like Goal, in schools, is a critical step forward in this journey.

In the UK, one in five young people leave school without a sense of direction, through no fault of their own. Educating girls and giving them tools to shape their own future has an incredible intergenerational multiplier effect on communities and societies. According to The Brookings Institute, more educated women are healthier, as are their children, who are more likely to attend school and study.

Tracy Clarke, Regional CEO, Europe and Americas at Standard Chartered said: “Through programmes such as Goal, we can share skills and build the capacity of young people to access jobs and economic opportunities.  By investing in girls and equipping them with the skills needed to achieve their full potential, we’re able to increase prosperity and diversity and ultimately help close the inequality gap.

As they work through the Goal curriculum, Goal participants will track their proficiency across eight areas of the nationally recognised Skills Builder Framework as they work to develop a strong foundation in the essential skills that underpin success at every stage of life.