The Union Minister for Tribal Relations, Mr. Arjun Munda announced the second phase of GOAL (known online as Leaders), which was aimed at motivating, guiding and encouraging tribal girls across India on Facebook to They can become village-level digital youth leaders for their communities. Launched in March earlier this year, GOAL combines underrepresented young tribal women with senior specialist women in the fields of business, fashion and art to learn digital and life skills. In the second phase of the program, the Ministry of Tribal Affairs and Facebook will digitally consult 5000 young women from tribal majority districts of India.
Speaking at a program to start the next extended phase of the program, Mr. Arjun Munda said, “Through this partnership the GOAL program will provide young women living economically and socially marginalized with tools and guidance, Those they need to succeed, using technology they might otherwise. Did not reach It is my pleasure to be here in Delhi today to start the second phase of this initiative with Facebook ”. The minister joined Ms. Anna Roy-Senior Advisor Data Management and Analysis and Chairperson, Women’s Entrepreneurship Forum NITI Aayog, and Facebook India’s leadership team, which included Mr. Ajit Mohan – Vice President and Managing Director and Ms. Ankita Das, Public Director. Policy. Participants from West Bengal, Jharkhand and Maharashtra, who are enrolled in the current program, were also present at the event.
The program will include weekly one-to-one mentoring sessions focused on skills such as digital literacy, entrepreneurship and online security. In total, over 200,000 hours of guidance will be provided using the Facebook family of applications, including WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger. Following the program, participants will graduate GOAL alumni and continue to receive support and guidance from the Ministry of Tribal Affairs and Facebook.
The Ministry of Tribal Affairs will also work with the district administration and other government agencies to help deserving participants with fellowships, so that they can apply their newly learned skills.
More than 125 women have enrolled in the program. Most of them are now using the Internet to highlight issues in their communities and have expressed a desire to set up their own business.
“Facebook is committed to closing the digital gender gap in order to get more women online and access digital services. This program is important because it actively encourages these young women to build leadership qualities and make them become champions and helps to share their learning with others. “
“This declaration shows the power of partnership between the government and the private sector, these young women aspire to all, enter the workforce and become active members of their communities – their aspirations supported by the ministry, NITI Assayog , Facebook’s in-depth mentoring and training program. Through our efforts at WEP, NITI Aayog is committed to ensuring the success of these bright women leaders. ”Says Ms. Anna Roy, Senior Industry Consultant and Data Management and Analysis at NITI Aayog.