The first stakeholder meeting of GOAL (Going Online as Leaders) programme

Gangtok, June 24: (IPR) The first stakeholder meeting of GOAL (Going Online as Leaders) programme initiated by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Government of India in collaboration with Facebook, was held under the Chairmanship of Secretary, Social Justice and Welfare Department, Shri Tshewang Gyachho today.

The meeting was attended by the representatives of Associations of the four tribal communities of the State, namely Bhutia, Lepcha, Limboo and Tamang.

In his address Secretary Shri Tshewang Gyachho apprised about the latest scheme launched by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Government of India, with an aim to digitally equip the youth belonging to the tribal communities and prepare them for leadership roles in society.

The Secretary asserted that the programme will go a long way in imparting essential skills and instilling a sense of purpose among the tribal youth in the country and the state. He urged the community representatives to spread the information about the scheme through all available platforms so that the tribal youth of Sikkim can benefit from the programme. He reiterated that only 5000 youth throughout the country can apply for the programme as a mentee. Likewise, only 2500 renowned individuals from areas of expertise like teachers, artists, entrepreneurs, social workers, and other influencers will be selected from all over the country to mentor the tribal youth. He shared that the applicants can apply as a mentor or a mentee through the web portal He further informed that the application process has already started.

Earlier, Additional Secretary and Director, Tribal Research Institute, Ms. Gloria Namchyo explained in detail about the GOAL initiative and highlighted the key areas and objectives of the programme. She explained that the mentorship programme will cover Digital Literacy, Life Skills and Leadership and Entrepreneurial training.

It was informed that the GOAL programme will cover broad sectors like agriculture and allied activities, art and culture, handicrafts and textile, health nutrition and education, general leadership, entrepreneurship and other relevant fields.

The Director further informed that the selected mentees will be given a smart phone each with free internet access for one year and study material in digital format. Each mentor will be assigned two mentees and the mentor will connect and guide the mentee through the online mode. The said programme will run for nine months where weekly sessions will be conducted for first seven months, followed by an internship opportunity for two months in a reputed organization based on skill set of the mentees.

Youth belonging to the ST community can easily access the dedicated online portal ( which has been launched to apply under this programme and for any other important communication. All details regarding this programme is also available on the GOAL portal. The programme is also displayed in the website of the department and the State Government website

The representatives of the four tribal communities also put forth their suggestions and queries during the meeting.

The meeting was also addressed by Shri Ongdup Lepcha, Administrative Officer, TRI and Nodal Officer for GOAL programme for coordination with MoTA and Facebook.

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