Digital Beti, a joint initiative of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology’s CSC Academy and Facebook, envisions overcoming the digital gender gap in India by training women from rural areas to become entrepreneurs, using digital tools. With necessary technological skills, they will be able to enhance their businesses and gain market access, thereby creating better opportunities for them and their communities. The program aims to train 5,000 Village Level Entrepreneurs on digital literacy, who will then become Master trainers and will educate 250,000 rural entrepreneurs in over 3,000 villages across 10 Indian states.
The training manual aims to enhance the professional competencies of the Master trainers and VLEs interacting with the beneficiaries, to improve the quality of the training, to increase their knowledge on digital marketing, Jobs and Livelihood and Online safety.
The curriculum has been developed as a training tool for trainers who will pass on their knowledge to the beneficiaries. It uses participatory techniques based on a variety of theoretical frameworks to ensure that future trainers are skilled and confident in their abilities to train the beneficiaries and serve as informed resources for their beneficiaries.