Facebook 'Going Online As Leaders' program launched to mentor youth: MoS Tribal Affairs

New Delhi: The Union Minister of State for Tribal Affairs, Renuka Singh Saruta, said in Parliament today that GOAL (Going Online as Leaders) is a digitally-enabled mentorship initiative of Facebook for empowering tribal youth to become leaders for tomorrow in their respective fields.

The GOAL Project was started to identify and mobilise renowned people from industry (policy makers and influencers), known for their leadership skills or roles, to digitally empower and personally mentor tribal youth from tribal communities across multiple locations of India.

The initiative has been designed to identify and attach one mentor – who is an expert in their respective fields – to four tribal youth who will be trained.

Facebook had started a pilot project on its own in March 2019 in 5 states of India i.e. Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Odisha, and Maharashtra, where they identified 100 tribal mentees and 25 mentors. Facebook envisages to identify 5,000 tribals from various fields to be mentored by 1,250 mentors in 5 years in a phased manner.

GOAL (Going Online as Leaders) is a Facebook initiative. Ministry of Tribal Affairs was not associated with the pilot project implemented by the Facebook, specific details regarding state-wise beneficiaries are not available.

This information was given by Union Minister of State for Tribal Affairs Renuka Singh Saruta in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.

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