Facebook’s GOAL to tutor tribal girls from 5 states including Odisha

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Bhubaneswar: In an effort to empower and educate women, Facebook has launched a digital skilling and mentorship initiative across five states in the country including Odisha.

The initiative, namely GOAL (Going Online As Leaders), would encourage tribal girls to become village-level digital young leaders for their respective communities.

The GOAL aims to enhance digital literacy, life skills, leadership and entrepreneurship in tribal girls from Odisha, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh for a duration of one year.

The programme will have on-ground trainers imparting digital literacy to the selected girls through a dedicated digital skilling curriculum.

A set of 25 women leaders from different fields would also mentor the tribal girls on a fortnightly basis via Facebook or WhatsApp.

“The Internet, especially social media, over the past few years, has emerged as one of the most powerful tools for empowering women from across India’s diverse social economic backgrounds and varied cultural roots.” Said Ankhi Das, Public Policy Director, Facebook -India, South and Central Asia.

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