Karachi: The British Deputy High Commission (BDHC) Karachi in partnership with Standard Chartered Bank organised a colourful and enchanting event to celebrate Pakistan’s Independence Day on the BDHC compound on 13th August 2015. Fifty children between the ages of 12-15 years were invited from Edhi Centre to take part in the celebration.
Standard Chartered introduced their community programme “Financial Education for Youth,” in which the children were taught the importance of financial planning and the basic tenets of saving and money management.
There were also other fun activities planned for the children including, “make your own pizzas and cup cakes”, musical chairs, a magic show, and face painting. The children sang national songs during the event.
Commenting on the community engagement at the event, Shazad Dada, CEO of Standard Chartered Pakistan, said:
“It gives us great pleasure to be partnering with the British Deputy High Commission on the auspicious occasion of Pakistan’s Independence Day. We have a long standing presence in the country and are committed to make a difference to the communities that we operate in.
Amidst the festivities today, we conducted a financial education session for children. By giving young people the tools and the knowledge they need to manage their finances, we aim to create a positive social impact on individuals, their families, and the wider community. We hope that this programme goes a long way towards preparing them for their future contribution towards the development of Pakistan’s economy.”
Acting British Deputy High Commissioner Gill Atkinson said:
“We are delighted to partner with Standard Chartered Bank to host such a significant celebration here in Karachi. Seeing these children here today – representing the future of Pakistan – enjoying themselves and celebrating Independence Day with us reflects the close ties between the UK and Pakistan. It is a partnership that is set to become even stronger and more important as we continue to work together for the mutual prosperity of both Pakistan and the UK.
On behalf of all of us at the British Deputy High Commission, Karachi, I wish Pakistan a Happy Independence Day. We want the Pakistani people to know that UK stands with Pakistan and its people in building its bright and prosperous future.”