Ericsson, UNESCO Join Hands to Equip Youth with Al Skills

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The partners launched a new global AI skill development initiative for youth at Mobile Learning Week 2019

Ericsson, a global leader in ICT services and solutions, and UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) have formed a new partnership to develop a new digital skill learning program with specific emphasis on scaling up artificial intelligence (AI) skill development for young people.

Under this new initiative, the partners will develop and manage a repository of AI and other key digital skill training courses that will be available globally.

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They will build capacities of master trainers from selected countries around the globe with advanced knowledge of AI skill development.

Ericsson and UNESCO will support these master trainers to mobilize AI hub centers and hackathons to train young people on developing AI applications.

Combining strengths to scale up skill development in AI

Borhene Chakroun, Director of Policies and Lifelong Learning Division, UNESCO, commented, “At UNESCO, we think that artificial intelligence is to be put at the service of sustainable development, a whole set of new education and training programmes has to emerge to equip youth with skills required to live and work in artificial intelligence era. Our partnership with Ericsson is critical to advance this agenda.”

Heather Johnson, Vice President Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility, Ericsson, said, “This public private partnership focusing on skill development for artificial intelligence is an excellent example of what can be achieved when leaders work together to promote knowledge sharing and cooperation.”

The initiative was launched at Mobile Learning Week 2019, UNESCO’s flagship education conference held at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris from March 4 to 8. The event brings together education and technology experts from around the world with focus on AI and sustainable development. As part of the event, UNESCO member states were invited to join the initiative and support the scaling up of AI skill development for young people.

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