TechInAfrica – The African regional office of the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has formed a partnership with Huawei to facilitate digital skills and the application of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the region. This partnership was announced by the director of UNESCO East Africa, Ndong-Jatta during the recently finished Tech4ALL summit at Huawei Connect, Shanghai, China.
Tech4ALL summit is a brainchild of Huawei that brings the mission of promoting digital inclusion strategy, which focuses on the areas of technology, applications, and skills. The program that the partnership was signed to aim to promote equal educational opportunities under the endorsement of the program.
The partnership between UNESCO and HUAWEI will:
- Enhance digital skills amongst teachers and students through the use of Huawei DigiTruck. This will help teachers to integrate ICT into teaching and to teach students how to use digital technologies.
- Organize forums and events to enhance member states’ capacity on the use of AI.
- Coordinate efforts to improve digital skills amongst youth leveraging Huawei’s ICT Academy program, Huawei ICT Competition and Huawei Campus Ambassador Program.
- Promote the adoption of AI and cloud computing in education by offering cutting edge ICT training in areas of AI and Cloud Computing to learning institutions, teachers, and students in Eastern Africa.
- Sponsor collaborative research on Digital Skills to improve digital knowledge in Eastern Africa
- Promote the importance of Digital Skill by engaging with their respective stakeholders.
The regional director of UNESCO in East Africa, Mrs. Ndong Jatta confirmed the significance of digital skills for education while commending Huawei’s effort for the innovative TECH4ALL initiative. She noted that the partnership will foster the accomplishment of the United Nations SDG goals in Africa.
Digital skills prove to be crucial for the growth of a country, especially for the next 10 years.