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Ericsson and UNESCO launch new global AI skill development initiative for youth

Apr 14. 2019
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By The Nation

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Telecoms equipment maker Ericsson and Unesco (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) have formed a new partnership to educate and empower the next generation, with the partners to develop a new digital skill learning programme that has specific emphasis on scaling up artificial intelligence (AI) skill development for young people.

With the rapid deployment of advanced technologies such as mobile broadband, cloud, Internet of Things (IoT), automation and Artificial Intelligence (AI), a new set of skills is required to enter the workforce. 

There is an unprecedented opportunity to harness technologies and use them to advance not only economies but also to combat some of the world’s looming challenges.

Next-generation 5G services are set to play a key role in accelerating digitalisation and the impact of technologies like AI. 

The impact of AI is also felt across the education sector where it has the potential to increase access, automate process, curate learning and improve outcomes in education.

It will continue to bring new opportunities for enhanced learning, new forms of learning and offer more flexible lifelong learning pathways. 

With this background, Ericsson and Unesco are combining their respective strengths to create opportunities to scale up skill development in AI and other key digital skills for young people. Under the AI for youth initiative the partners will:

Develop and manage a repository of AI and other key digital skill-training courses that will be available globally

Build capacities of master trainers from selected countries around the globe with advanced knowledge of AI skill development

Support master trainers to mobilise AIhub centres and hackathons to train young people on developing AI applications. – The Nation

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