Google India and Tata Trusts on Wednesday introduced to expand their joint programme “net Saathi“ that brings digital literacy to the doorsteps of girls in four extra states within the country.
The programme will now be available in West Bengal, Assam, Uttar Pradesh and Tripura. launched in 2015, it already covers 9 states in India, inclusive of villages in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh.
“net usage with the aid of women in rural regions maintains to stay a project. simplest one in 10 net users in rural India is a girl. With this programme, we are creating an permitting surroundings that empowers them at the same time as additionally bridging the generation gender divide,” said Sapna Chadha, head of advertising and marketing, Google India, in a announcement.
under the programme, Google offers devices and training fabric to the “Saathis” who then impart schooling to the agricultural network of their very own and neighbouring villages.
The final roll out of the programme and the schooling of master running shoes is overseen and facilitated with the aid of Tata Trusts through its field companions on the ground.
“Of India’s 350 million net customers, nearly one hundred million stay inside the rural parts of the country. of these, simplest 10 million are girls. we are delighted that below the ‘internet Saathi’ initiative, we’ve reached a milestone of education a hundred,000 ladies in much less than a year,” added Ganesh Neelam, head-innovation, at Tata Trusts.
The initiative ambitions to empower rural girls and communities to facilitate digitally literacy through making them aware about the blessings of net and the offerings they could use for his or her diverse wishes, the statement stated.