Meta Expands its”WeThinkDigital” Program to Gilgit-Baltistan

Meta is expanding its digital literacy program, “WeThinkDigital,” to Gilgit-Baltistan in partnership with Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi (ITA) and the Gilgit-Baltistan Department of Education.

Meta’s WeThinkDigital program aims to equip marginalized communities with the skills to become responsible citizens to build a safe and informed society in the country.

With the expansion of the WeThinkDigital program to Gilgit-Baltistan, Meta expects to train over 30,000 students and more than 10,000 women to empower them with the skills to think critically about their digital behavior.

“I appreciate Meta for assisting the people of Gilgit-Baltistan with a major program of this caliber and magnitude,” stated Lt.Col. (R) Abaidullah Baig, Senior Minister Industries, Labour, and Commerce, Gilgit-Baltistan.

 Since its launch in 2021, the program has reached 130,000 students and 3,094 teachers in 28 districts across the country. It has provided citizens with various easily accessible learning modules that encourage critical thinking and thoughtful online sharing while equipping them with the knowledge and skills necessary to stay informed and safe online.

“Over the last five years, our region has witnessed swift and considerable progress across different digital fronts,” stated Raja Azam Khan, Minister of Education for Gilgit-Baltistan.

“It is a joy to have significant partners like Meta supporting our efforts to create sustainable change throughout Gilgit-Baltistan as we continue to explore greater horizons for learning and growth of our community,” He added.

Through its expansion in GB, the initiative concentrates on raising awareness about cyberbullying, possible online abuse, safe internet behaviors, protecting personal interests, and helping women and children to traverse digital spaces.

Speaking at the launch event Yasas Vishuddhi Abeywickrama, Policy Programs Manager, South Asia at Meta said, “We care deeply about the safety of our community – and providing resources that can help people have meaningful interactions online is an important part of the work we do to help keep our community safe.”

“We appreciate working with the Gilgit-Baltistan Department of Education and anticipate that this program will equip Gilgit-Baltistan residents with the skills they need to be responsible online citizens,” he added.