Facebook to Help Indian Tribal Girls Become Digital Leaders


The new digital skilling initiative by Facebook seeks to nurture and train young girls from India’s tribal heartland across three core areas – digital literacy, life skills, leadership and entrepreneurship.

Facebook on Wednesday launched a digital skilling and mentorship programme to train tribal girls from five Indian states in digital skills to help them become village-level digital leaders for their communities.

The programme – Going Online As Leaders (GOAL) – will be implemented across West Bengal, Maharashtra, Jharkhand, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, according to a news agency report.


It will provide digital literacy, life skills, leadership and entrepreneurship skills to the girls for a year. To participate in the programme, applicants will be required to be over 18 years of age and of tribal origin.

25 women leaders will mentor four girls each

Under this programme, 25 eminent personalities from diverse backgrounds like business, education and health to politics, arts and entrepreneurship will volunteer and personally mentor four girls each from tribal communities in these states. They will mentor them via Facebook or WhatsApp on a fortnightly basis.

Besides, the identified girls will be provided digital literacy through a dedicated digital skilling curriculum by on-ground trainers.

The programme will specifically focus on girls who’ve dropped out of school due to financial constraints and reside near the skilling center to ensure regular participation, the report said.