Facebook indulges in a never heard before initiative this time! In lieu of training 3 lakh Indians in digital safety, the social media honcho, on Monday announced the launch of the Digital Literacy Library, which is a collection of lessons in Bengali, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, and Malayalam.
This announcement was a part of Facebook’s South Asia Safety Summit in the presence of Union Women and Child Development (WCD) Minister Maneka Gandhi. Joined by over 70 organizations from five countries, including India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, this event included discussions among experts on a wide range of topics, from safety and technology to keep the most vulnerable people safe when they go online.
To know more about this Digital Literacy Library, Facebook added that this would be a resource for educators looking to address digital literacy and help young people build the skills needed for safely enjoying digital technology. Also, as mentioned above, this library would be available in 6 different Indian languages.
Previous to this, through various efforts, the US-based company has already trained about two lakh people in India and after this, aims to take the number to three lakh by the end of 2018.
With this, Facebook is also organizing a two-day child safety hackathon at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi. To this, the statement read that, this is done with the aim of developing solutions to help combat child sex trafficking, and all prototypes developed at the hackathon would be donated to NGO partners to help them in their work of protecting children.
Antigone Davis, Global head for Safety at Facebook, added here that, “Everyone deserves to feel safe on Facebook, and we feel it is important that we help people safely navigate the Internet. The launch of the Digital Literacy Library, the child safety hackathon and several offline training programmes we run in partnership with local experts, reaffirm our seriousness in combating online abuse”.
Davis added that the company expects to train three lakh people by the end of 2018, and multiply these efforts in times to come. This training is targeted primarily towards women and youth and is being done in collaboration with organizations like Cyber Peace Foundation, Learning Links Foundation, Internet and Mobile Association of India, Gaon Connection, and Center for Social Research, to name a few.