This new Digital Literacy Library in six Indian languages to train 3 lakh people

Social media giant Facebook has announced the launch of a new Digital Literacy Library to train 3 lakh people in India on digital skills. The initiative is a collection of lessons in six local languages: Hindi, Bengali, Tamil, Kannada, Telugu, and Malayalam.

Digital Literacy Library will act as a resource for educators willing to address the challenges around the implementation of digital literacy and will help young people in building necessary skills for enjoying digital technologies. Facebook plans to hit the target of 3 lakh by the end of this year.

The announcement was made at Facebook’s South Asia Safety Summit in the presence of India’s Ministry of Women and Child Development officials. The social networking giant wants to enable South Asian countries including India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan to learn and teach basic digital technologies. The training is targeted towards women and youth. The company is also working in collaboration with organisations like Cyber Peace Foundation, Internet and Mobile Association of India, Learning Links Foundation, Gaon Connection, and Center for Social Research.

Facebook wants to make Digital Literacy Library a platform where educators can find lesson plans designed by experts. These courses can help young people in developing necessary skills to navigate the digital world and consume information. Facebook has ensured that these courses are interactive and engaging and therefore the lessons have group discussions, quizzes, activities, and games.

These ready-to-use lessons are taken from the Youth and Media team at Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. The library will act as a resource for educators trying to address digital literacy skills.

Facebook also recently organized a two-day child safety hackathon at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi. The hackathon is focused on developing solutions to fight child sex trafficking. The prototypes developed in the hackathon will be donated to NGO partners that are working to protect children.