Lahore (Muhammad Yasir) An event to celebrate 72 years of Pakistan’s Independence was organised today by the British Deputy High Commission, Karachi in partnership with Standard Chartered Bank, British Council and AzCorp Entertainment. Standard Chartered invited 50 girls between the ages of 11-15 years from schools of underserved communities which they support through their Goal programme.
AZCorp Entertainment organised interactive sessions aimed at raising awareness for social causes using creative mediums and British Council representatives gave the girls a tour of the library, all the while encouraging the love for reading and its importance in character building.
The purpose of the celebrations was to provide entertaining sessions embedded with civics and social justice themes. This was done through thought-provoking stories, that prompt dialogue, instill critical thinking, evoke social consciousness to compel positive action from the children.
British Deputy High Commissioner and Trade Director for Pakistan, Mike Nithavrianakis, said:
“I am delighted to see the creative work being done in Pakistan to enhance education and values in children from a young age. The commitment of corporates like Standard Chartered and AzCorp Entertainment in supporting education, especially of girls, is impressive, and I am proud that the UK government is part of these initiatives.”
Commenting on the community engagement at the event, Shazad Dada CEO, Standard Chartered Pakistan said:
“We are delighted to partner with British Deputy High Commission for the sixth year now. This year we have invited our Goal girls to be part of this celebration. Goal is the Bank’s flagship sport-for-development programme that provides financial education and life skills training to girls aged between 15 and 24. I am confident that today’s session will initiate a thought which will enable them to structure their ideas on how they can be the catalyst for social change in the future.”