Context: The Ministry of Tribal Affairs hosted a Webinar along with Facebook India for sensitization of Members of Parliament (MPs) from Scheduled Tribe (ST) Constituencies of India on Going Online As Leaders (GOAL) Project. 

More on the news:

  • Going Online As Leaders (GOAL) is a digital skilling and mentorship initiative that will engage renowned leaders and experts in their respective domains - from business, education, health, politics, arts and entrepreneurship, to personally mentor scheduled tribe youths across India through digital mechanisms. 
  • This program will empower and enable scheduled tribe youths to become change makers of tomorrow. 

Purpose of the initiative:

  • Capacity building: The initiative primarily targets capacity building of youths living in tribal areas which will inspire, guide and encourage them to boost their confidence level and ignite higher aspirations among them. 
  • Improving socio-economic status of society: The acquired skills and abilities will help them gain leadership skills, identify problems in their society, find solutions to fight the challenges and use their knowledge to support their livelihood as well as the society’s socio-economic status. 
  • The core areas of mentorship program are Digital Literacy, life Skills and Leadership & Entrepreneurship.
  • A bridge between Mentor and Mentee for the exchange of their creative ideas as the aim of GOAL is to create opportunities for them as Digital Medium has become a part of our life.
  • Showcase creative potential: The tribals despite their creative potentials, used to get isolated in our country and Digital medium like GOAL will give them an opportunity to come on the front stage by showcasing their creative potential. 

About GOAL Project:

  • GOAL (Going Online as Leaders) is an initiative launched by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs (MoTA) in partnership with Facebook India.
  • It aims to digitally skill and empower 5000 youth from tribal communities to become leaders of tomorrow by leveraging the power of digital technology. 
    • Youth from tribal communities between 18-35 years of age can apply to become mentee. 
    • It is open for all youth from tribal communities irrespective of whether they are part of any educational institute or not or in any kind of profession or even undertaking any training.
  • The Project is aimed at identifying and mobilizing 2500 renowned people from industry (policy makers and influencers), teachers, artists, entrepreneurs, social workers etc.  known for their achievements in their domain areas, to personally mentor tribal youths across India. 
    • It is not necessary for the mentor to be from tribal or ST background as a condition to apply.
    • The initiative has been designed to allocate two mentees to a mentor. 
  • The program targets to work in structured phases including 
    • Preparatory and design phases; 
    • Selection of mentors and mentees; 
    • Execution that includes mentoring, 
    • Training, internships; and 
    • Follow-up youth economic and leadership activities. 
  • The program also seeks to provide handholding support to the youth even after they graduate out for upcoming jobs or self-employment or entrepreneurial initiatives through government schemes. 
  • The program seeks to have a strong component of quality assurance, monitoring, concurrent evaluation protocols and uses analytics and technology for continuous improvement, decision making and sustainability.
  • The MoTA has partnered with the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology for leveraging the strong network of its Common Service Centres (CSCs). 
    • Youths from tribal communities can visit their nearest CSC to apply under this program. 

Mentees will get the following benefits: Smartphone with one-year internet access; Joint certificate of participation by MoTA and Facebook; Letter of recognition by Mentor; Opportunity to intern in a reputed private / government organization etc.

Source:https://pib.gov.in/PressReleasePage.aspx?PRID=1637765#:~:text=M/o Tribal Affairs hosts,ST Constituencies on GOAL project&text=He called upon tribal youths,the aims of their lives.