LAGOS: November 30, 2020Â âÂ Standard Chartered Bank (Nigeria) Limited recently launched the Safe Return to School initiative. The Safe Return to School Initiative (SRTSI) was initiated in response to an identified health and hygiene needs in some public schools where the Bank currently runs life development intervention programs including GoalÂ for young girls.
Commenting on the launch of the second edition, Dayo Aderugbo, Head Corporate Affairs, Brand and Marketing, Nigeria, Standard Chartered Bank Nigeria said,
âIt is with great pleasure that we launch theÂ Safe Return to School Initiative (SRTSI) today. We are investing over NGN 38,000,000 in hygiene packs, face mask, sanitisers, health awareness communications including safe distancing floor markers and hand wash points across some of the various locations where we currently run the Goal program.
For over 10 years, the Goal program in Nigeria hasÂ combined sports with life, vocational and financial skills training to empower girls withÂ the resources they need to be integralÂ economic leaders in their families and communities.Â We are optimistic about the impact this initiative will have in ensuring fewer exposures of the COVID19 virus to the students, their teachers and by extension their families especially those in the rural communities.
This initiative builds on the Bankâs track record of supporting adolescent girls, employable youths and women through various financing and capacity building initiative and serves as one of the ways we remain Here for good in our communities.â
Iwalola Akin-Jimoh, Executive Secretary of Youth Empowerment Foundation (YEF) added,
ââEnhancing positive sustained behaviour change right down to the community level is the key to winning the fight against COVID19. A safe return to school can only be guaranteed when all recommended protocols by the NCDC are adhered to. The SRTSI being funded by Standard Chartered is a holistic grassroots approach and will impact generations of boys and girls for a very long time.ââÂ
The initiative is being managed by the Youth Empowerment Foundation (YEF) the Bankâs strategic implementation partner of the Goal Project and will run in 37 schools across the country including Lagos State and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
Standard Chartered PLC is listed on the London and Hong Kong Stock Exchanges as well as the Bombay and National Stock Exchanges in India.