Facebook launches digital skills and mentorship initiative in India

6 Feb 2019

According to a report, Facebook announced the ‘Going Online As Leaders’ (GOAL) programme, which seeks to empower, guide, and inspire tribal girls across selected communities in India to become young digital leaders in their communities.

According to the report, the programme which will run in the states of West Bengal, Maharashtra, Jharkhand, Odisha, and Madhya Pradesh, will nurture and train young girls from India’s tribal villages on core competency areas such as digital literacy, life skills, leadership, and entrepreneurship.

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Capacity development is often defined as the improvement of knowledge, skills and institutions to make effective use of resources and opportunities. Widespread on the agenda of international development agencies, capacity development programs range from societal to individual level and include a diversity of strategies, from fundraising to targeted training.

The Internet has opened new possibilities for education. Many different e-learning, online learning, and distance learning initiatives have been introduced; their main aim is to use the Internet as a medium for the delivery of courses.

Internet access is growing rapidly, yet large groups of people remain unconnected to the Internet. As of 2015, about 43% of people had access to the Internet (in developing countries only 34%). Access to ICTs is part of the Sustainable Development Agenda, which commits to ‘significantly increase access to ICTs and strive to provide universal and affordable access to the Internet in least developed countries by 2020’ (Goal 9.c).

The digital divide can be defined as a rift between those who, for technical, political, social, or economic reasons, have access and capabilities to use ICT/Internet, and those who do not. Various views have been put forward about the size and relevance of the digital divide.

Children’s use of the Internet and mobile technology is increasing, and for many children worldwide there is no clear distinction between the online and offline world. Access to the Internet presents many opportunities for their education, personal development, self-expression, and interaction with others.

 

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