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Artificial Intelligence for Sustainable Development​​​

ITU is pleased to partner with UNESCO and Profuturo Foundation for the organization of UNESCO’s flagship ICT event in education, Mobile Learning Week. This special edition of Mobile Learning Week (MLW) will take place at the UNESCO Headquarters building in Paris, France, from 4 to 8 March 2019.​
The five-day event, under the theme ‘Artificial Intelligence for Sustainable development’ will start with the ‘Global Conference - Principles for AI: Towards a humanistic approach?’, followed by a one-day Policy Forum and Workshops, a two-day International Symposium and a half-day of Strategy Labs.  On 8 March, towards the close of MLW, participants will be invited to join the celebration of International Women’s Day, particularly a debate on Women in AI to be held in UNESCO Headquarters. During the entire week, exhibitions and demonstrations of innovative AI applications for education and more than 20 workshops will be organized by international partners and all programme sectors of UNESCO.

As frontier technologies, AI processors and AI applications become the new norm for smartphones and other mobile devices, mobile learning is entering a new epoch. At the dawn of the next generation of mobile learning, AI augmented mobile learning - Intelligent Mobile Learning - has arrived, but its key potentials remain to be explored and unleashed. There is a strong need for a holistic review of its implications for equity and inclusion in education, efficiency of education management, quality of learning, and skills development. 

To maximize AI’s benefits and mitigate its potential risks, system-wide planning and collective actions to reinvent the core foundation of education and learning are required. The rapid deployment of AI in education tests the readiness of stakeholders to harness AI, posing new challenges pertinent to all areas of education and learning, such as policy planning, curriculum and resources development, teacher education, and skills development. 

For more details see the MLW-2019 website​


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