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1 Sh. Arjun Munda, Union Cabinet Minister, Tribal Affairs Digital literacy has gained importance in view of challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. MoTA’s partnership with Facebook through GOAL program is a step in that direction. The program intends to upskill tribal youth to leverage digital platforms and tools to learn new ways of doing business, explore and connect with domestic and international markets.
2 Smt. Renuka Singh Saruta, Union Minister of State, Ministry of Tribal Affairs GOAL program will be successful in making a fruitful impact towards enabling the ST youth to become financially independent.
3 Shri Faggan Singh Kulaste, Union Minister of State, Ministry of Steel GOAL is a praiseworthy initiative of the Ministry of Tribal Affairs and Facebook India. I am confident that it will make a difference to the lives of youth from the tribal community. I urge the tribal youth to participate in the program and make best use of the available resources.
4 Dr. Lorho Pfoze, MP, Manipur GOAL, an initiative taken under the leadership of Hon’ble Union Minister, Shri Arjun Munda aims to identify, motivate, train and tap the immense potential of the tribal community and empower them for growth. I am impressed by this innovative program taken up by the social media giant, Facebook along with MoTA which aims to skill the tribal youth in digital literacy and entrepreneurship.
5 Mr. Guman Singh Damor, MP, Madhya Pradesh I'm thankful and appreciative of the Ministry of Tribal Affairs and Facebook for providing the tribal community with a platform to enhance their digital skills. It is very important to provide adequate digital skills to the community for their growth and development.
6 Ms. Vandana Chavan, MP, Maharashtra I am very glad to see the mentor-mentee model followed in the GOAL Program. I congratulate Facebook and the Ministry of Tribal Affairs for this program and would like to be associated with it in the future as well.
7 Ms. Sangeeta Kumari Singhdeo, MP, Odisha I strongly believe that empowerment of the tribal population in India will only happen through providing them easy access to information and introducing digital technology to bridge the gap between their socio-economic status. I am very impressed by the GOAL Program which aims to skill the tribal youth in digital literacy and entrepreneurship via online learning.
8 Ms. Heena Gavit, MP, Maharashtra I would like to thank the Ministry of Tribal Affairs and Facebook for initiating a program such as GOAL which is working towards the development of the tribal community. It will help the tribal communities to grow and retain their indigenous knowledge and skills.
9 Smt. Jyotsna Mahant, MP, Chhattisgarh GOAL Program will help in the development of women from the tribal communities and guide them towards a better future. I welcome the initiative.
10 Mr. Surendra Nath Tripathi, Director General, IIPA IIPA and Ministry of Tribal Affairs have combined their strength on the platform provided by Facebook to help in the growth of the tribal youth to becomes leaders of tomorrow. This mentor-mentee based initiative will help in building leadership skills amongst the tribal youth and build their confidence. IIPA is glad to be a part of the GOAL Program.
11 Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Founder, Art of Living Foundation Going online as leaders is a one-of-a-kind initiative undertaken by Facebook and the Ministry of Tribal Affairs. I am glad to know about the various skills that are going to be imparted to the mentors and mentees through the program.
12 Dr. Nupur Tiwari, Associate Professor, IIPA GOAL Program is an initiative which will help the tribal youth to become digital leaders of tomorrow.
13 Mr. Osama Manzar, Founder, DEF The GOAL program is a praiseworthy initiative. With this program, the young mentees will get an opportunity to be digitally skilled and serve other people in their community. I urge one and all to be a part of the program and take it to new heights.
14 Acharya Balkrishna, CEO, Patanjali Foundation The GOAL Program is a praiseworthy initiative which aims to empower digital skills to the tribal youth and equip them to be digital leaders in future. With the help of this program, the tribal youth will be imparted digital skills.
15 Mr. Arun Sahdeo, Country Coordinator, UNV India UN Volunteers office in India is privileged to be associated with the GOAL program of the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Government of India which aims to empower young women and men from tribal communities across India. Through mentorship, leadership training, and transfer of digital skills, GOAL program will provide a platform for capacity building of tribal youth and accelerating their participation.
16 Swami Bhaveshanana, Secretary, Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama, Morabadi, Ranchi GOAL (Going Online as Leaders) is a unique, unparallel and innovative programme of Ministry of Tribal Affairs (MoTA), Govt. of India and Facebook aiming to empower and strengthen tribal youth and their community through knowledge by breaking the barrier of digital divide. Facebook is going to be a game changer for positive social change, transforming opinions, empowering people, creating dialogue and providing a platform for people to organize themselves.
17 Mr. Girish Sohani, President & Managing Trustee, BAIF Development Research Foundation Going Online as Leader (GOAL) is a unique initiative by FB India and the Ministry of Tribal Affairs. It not only blends use of technology with domain expertise but also ensures last mile reach of required mentoring support to aspiring tribal youth from remote tribal pockets in their own setting. This will help extend Life skills and Livelihood skills using digital mode and by making technology as an enabler rather than a divider.
18 Ms. Sandhya Gajjar, Founder Trustee, Bhasha Research and Publication Centre Bhasha Research and Publication Centre welcomes the GOAL initiative. It very innovatively seeks to bring together scholars, practitioners, domain experts and community members on a single platform for educational and knowledge exchange/dialogue.
19 Sri. Madhu Pandit Das, Chairman, The Akshaya Patra Foundation GOAL Program aims to connect the youth from the tribal community with leaders who will help them grow to their full potential.
20 Mr. Pramathesh Ambasta, CEO, BRLF Bharat Rural Livelihoods Foundation is glad to be associated with the GOAL program which seeks to empower tribal youth through mentorship and digital learning. We congratulate the Ministry of Tribal Affairs for taking this initiative and believe that the program will go a long way in filling the capacity gap at the grassroots.
21 Mr. C Kunhikannan, Director, IFGTB I am sure the unique approach of GOAL will inspire, guide and encourage rural and tribal youth to become digitally enabled agents of change for their communities. We are proud to partner and associate ourselves with this unique program which is a platform for thinkers, scholars and leaders to empower the underprivileged communities through digital literacy.
22 Ms. Hasina Kharbhih, Chair of Board and Founder of Impulse NGO Network and Impulse Social Enterprises The GOAL program will rejuvenate economic livelihoods and ensure market access across rural India, while ensuring that traditional artisan skills are preserved. This will give rural youth across all sections of society and within indigenous communities the ability to develop their entrepreneurial skills while simultaneously empowering both individuals irrespective of their gender and communities to contribute extensively towards a vibrant India with a self-reliant and sustainable economy.
23 Dr. Lata Deshmukh, Secretary, Matru Seva Sangh GOAL Program is an initiative to empower the tribal youth to become community-based leaders through development of leadership and entrepreneurial skills.
24 Mr. Uday Wankawala (C.E.O., AIC- Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhini Foundation) Empowering the Tribal Youth is the ‘PRIORITY' in these challenging times & GOAL seems to be the right forum / platform for the same. The idea of connecting & guiding the youth through industry Leaders / professionals as mentors along with technology as enabler can really make a difference.
25 Mr. Anant Zende Patil, Head, Mahamanav Baba Amte Bahuuddeshiya Samajik Vikas Seva Sanstha The objective of uplifting the tribal youth across the country is exemplary. With this program, the young mentees will get an opportunity to be digitally skilled and serve other people in their community.
26 Dr. Ashok Bhagat, Head, Vikas Bharti Bishunpur The GOAL program is an innovative initiative. The objective to uplift the tribal youth across the country is indeed the demand of the time. With this program, the young mentees will get an opportunity to be digitally skilled and serve other people in their respective community.