Karachi: HBL has partnered with Idara-e-Taleem-O-Aagahi (ITA), a civil society organization, to participate in Children Literature Festivals (CLF) all over Pakistan. With this partnership, HBL will launch its Financial Literacy Programme, through which it aims to educate children from all strata of society on basic financial concepts in a fun and interesting way.
To mark the launch, a ceremony was presided over by Nauman K. Dar, President and CEO HBL and Mrs Baela Raza Jamil, Director Programs, Idara-e-Taleem-O-Aagahi. Also present on the occasion were Ms. Sima Kamil, Head – Branch Banking, HBL and Ms Raheela Baqai, Marketing Director, Oxford University Press along with other members of both organizations.
The partnership between HBL and ITA will cover three basic objectives: explain the importance of savings to children, educate privileged and under privileged equally and inculcate the habit of early savings among children. Keeping in mind the large number of Pakistan’s unbanked population, CLF programs will cater to both genders, of all age groups, from different sections of society.
Speaking on the occasion, Mrs Baela Raza said, “Pakistan’s literacy rate is very low and numeracy even lower. We are very pleased that HBL has become our new partner to engage children in financial education, as it will help build both these ratios. Pakistan has a beautiful and historic literature which the new generation needs to know about.”
Nauman K. Dar further commented “This partnership ties in with HBL’s vision to enable people to advance with confidence and success. As Pakistan’s largest bank, we feel that it is our social responsibility to provide financial knowledge to the youth of today to develop financially responsible citizens of tomorrow. ”
HBL will be participating in the first literature festival.