In partnership with Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi (ITA) and the Gilgit-Baltistan Department of Education, Meta is bringing its digital literacy program, “WeThinkDigital,” to Gilgit-Baltistan.
The program seeks to give residents of one of the most marginalized areas of the nation the knowledge and abilities they need to behave responsibly online.
Meta anticipates training more than 30,000 students—including more than 10,000 women—and bringing the WeThinkDigital curriculum to the Gilgit-Baltistan subregion of Pakistan. This will enable them to think critically and share wisely online.
“Really appreciate Meta for assisting the people of Gilgit-Baltistan with a big program of this caliber and magnitude,” stated Lt.Col. (R) Abaidullah Baig, Senior Minister Industries, Labour, and Commerce, Gilgit-Baltistan.
One of Meta’s many strategies for creating a secure and informed society in Pakistan is the WeThinkDigital program, which was launched there in 2021.
The program has reached 130,000 students and 3,094 teachers in 28 districts across the nation, offering them a selection of easily accessible learning modules that encourage critical thinking and thoughtful online sharing while also equipping them with the knowledge and skills necessary to stay informed and safe online.
Raja Azam Khan, the minister of education for Gilgit-Baltistan, commented on the development by stating that “during the last few years, our region has witnessed swift and considerable advancement across multiple digital fronts.”
He continued, “It is a joy to have significant partners like Meta supporting in our efforts to create sustainable change throughout Gilgit-Baltistan as we continue to explore greater horizons for learning and growth of our community.
The program’s extension into Gilgit-Baltistan focuses on raising awareness of cyberbullying, possible online abuse, safe internet behaviors, protecting individual interests, and guiding vulnerable groups including women and children in navigating the digital world.
“We care passionately about the safety of our community – and offering resources that can help individuals have meaningful relationships online is an important part of the work we do to help keep our community safe,” said Yasas Vishuddhi Abeywickrama, Policy Programs Manager, South Asia, during the launch event.
We appreciate working with the Gilgit-Baltistan Department of Education and anticipate that this program will equip Gilgit-Baltistanis with the knowledge and abilities needed to be responsible online citizens.
Furthermore, Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi will be a crucial partner in the initiative’s goal implementation.