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Mizoram: Online safety for tribal youth

60 young people listening attentively
The 60 youth with Durtlang Venglai Church in Aizawl were eager to learn how to stay safe online.

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  • Amrita University’s DST STI Hub conducted digital literacy and safety training for 60 youth in Aizawl, Mizoram, focusing on cybercrime, gaming addiction, and cyberbullying. 
  • The event emphasised interactive sessions to empower the young people in sharing their knowledge and expressing their concerns.  
  • The DST STI Hub is in collaboration with Mizoram University and funded by the Dept of Science & Technology, Govt of India. It aims to support sustainable development in the state’s tribal communities. 
21 March 2024
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Amrita University’s DST STI Hub conducted training in Digital Literacy and Safety to a group of 60 youth in Aizawl, Mizoram in northeastern India. About 95% of the state’s 1.1 million people are of tribal origin, the country’s highest concentration.  

Mizoram is a beautiful land of rolling hills, rivers, and lakes. However, while literacy rates are high, it has a high number of unemployed. Substance abuse is also a rising concern among young people.  

With digital safety an ever-mounting challenge in today’s world, eight of our team members organised interactive sessions with the young people at a local church. The event took place on March 17th and addressed Cyber Crime, Gaming Addiction, and Cyber Bullying, while fostering a deeper understanding of online safety.  

a presenter addresses group of 60 youth
Sessions focused on listening to the youth.

Lalsangzuala led a presentation, intertwining digital literacy essentials with poignant Bible verses, setting a thought-provoking tone for the day. Next, Faka’s musical interlude, accompanied by Frederick’s guitar, added a creative flair to the proceedings, making learning an enjoyable experience.  

The participants actively delved into discussions about critical issues, especially with an eagerness to understand the nuances of digital safety. They said they felt equipped with valuable insights that also fostered a sense of community and collaboration.   

The DST STI Hub is one of Amrita University’s first projects to foray into Mizoram in the northeast of India. It plans to build Science, Technology & Innovation Hubs in the districts of Aizawl and Serchhip to promote sustainable livelihoods through Capacity Building and Skill Development for tribal communities.

The project is jointly undertaken by Amrita University and Mizoram University, and funded by the Department of Science and Technology, Govt of India. 

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Our eight team members.

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