On Wednesday, October 11th, 2023, the corridors of Stanbic Bank Headquarters (formerly known as Crested Towers) echoed with the laughter and enthusiasm of young girls from Kololo Senior Secondary School and other prestigious institutions, including Trinity College Nabbingo, Gayaza High School, and Mackay Memorial College. It was a day when these young ladies stepped into the shoes of Stanbic Bank staff, a day filled with exposure, financial literacy, and excitement.

The initiative, organized by Stanbic Bank, aimed to empower and inspire young girls by giving them a taste of what it’s like to work in a professional banking environment. The girls were invited to pick ballots representing different positions within the bank and occupy them for one and a half hours, providing them with a hands-on experience of various roles in the financial world.

Anirworth Phoebe, a bright student from S.1, exclaimed, “This is the best day ever!” as she took on the role of Assistant Fly-Hub, along with her colleagues. Layet Kevin from S.5A stepped into the shoes of the Head of IT, showcasing her technological prowess. Nassali Jemima, an S.3 student, assumed the role of Head of Finance, gaining valuable insights into the financial operations of the bank. Kemigisha Anita became the Branch Manager of Nakasero, and Mwiru Pretty, also in S.3, took on the role of Branch Manager at the Head Office.

The girls immersed themselves in these roles, learning about the responsibilities, challenges, and day-to-day operations that professionals in the banking industry face. It was an eye-opening experience that allowed them to explore different career paths and expand their horizons.

Kololo Senior Secondary School expressed its heartfelt gratitude to Mrs. Juuko Anne, the Chief Executive of Stanbic Bank, and her entire team for providing this remarkable opportunity to the girls. Such initiatives play a crucial role in nurturing the next generation of female leaders and promoting gender diversity in the financial sector.

The Girls Day event at Stanbic Bank not only offered valuable lessons in financial literacy but also encouraged young girls to dream big and consider careers in fields traditionally dominated by men. It was a day of empowerment, inspiration, and excitement, leaving a lasting impact on the girls who participated. As they returned to their schools, they carried with them newfound knowledge and the belief that they can achieve anything they set their minds to, regardless of their gender.

By: Nassali Jemima, S.3/9