Ministry of Tribal Affairs Partnered With Microsoft and Meta to Train Tribal Youth in Digital Skills and Technology
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In an initiative aimed at digitally skilling tribal youth and opening up opportunities for them using digital technology, the Ministry of Tribal Affairs has partnered with tech giants — Microsoft and Meta (formerly Facebook) — for training tribal youth in digital skills and technology.

The State Tribal Welfare Departments and Tribal Research Institutes are being consulted and asked to create awareness about the program amongst tribal communities of the state.

In May, 2021, the Ministry of Tribal Affairs has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Microsoft. The MOU with Microsoft also aimed to support the digital transformation of residential schools, specifically for Scheduled Tribes, across India such as - Eklavya Model Residential Schools (EMRS) and Ashram Schools, among others.

The initiative will enable the professional development of educators so as to train them to use technology in classrooms. Under the partnership, students from EMRS schools will be mentored on projects that involve AI applications.

The second phase of the GOAL Programme (GOAL 2.0) was launched on 28th June, 2022 in partnership with Meta (previously Facebook).

GOAL 2.0 initiative aims to digitally upskill 10 lakh youth by on promoting entrepreneurship amongst tribal communities of the country and opening up opportunities for them using digital technology.

Through this program, the identified GOAL participants will have access to Meta Business Coach - a WhatsApp based learning bot - that will give the participants an opportunity to learn skills on how to build and grow their business using Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp.

In a result of 1st-Phase of GOAL, 75% of the participants from the tribal community admitted to being able to better articulate their thoughts to words and saw an improvement in their interpersonal skills. About 69% were able to leverage Digital Commerce for increased reach and about 63% said that it helped them understand how to set up their business.

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