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Artificial Intelligence for Education in Rural South Africa, an AI4D Africa Project
About the Initiative:
The African Institute for Inclusive Growth (AIIG) is pioneering a project to promote inclusivity by enhancing education in rural South Africa. Through the EduAI Hub at the University of Lagos, this initiative has the esteemed backing of AI4D AFRICA, a joint initiative by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada and Swedish International Development Agency (Sida), Sweden.
Through this project, the AIIG, working in partnership with Social Coding, aims to transform the way learners in rural South Africa learn by introducing an innovative AI-enabled e-tutorial platform. Our hope is to provide an alternative to traditional text-book-based methods, enhancing learning outcomes and shaping the future of education in the region.
Our journey began with a comprehensive survey titled “A Survey of Background and Technology Readiness in A Rural Grade 9 Class in Limpopo.” This study laid the groundwork to understand the specific needs and preferences of learners, particularly in terms of STEM subjects and their inclination towards technology-assisted education.
Objectives of the intervention
- Understanding Learners: Gather in-depth social background and baseline data to:
- Analyze the factors determining students’ choice for STEM subjects.
- Understand the preferences of learners for technology-aided education in the rural landscape.
- Designing the Future: Build a cutting-edge e-tutoring platform to facilitate seamless learning while also collecting pivotal tutoring data.
- Evaluating Impact: Rigorously assess the benefits of the e-tutorial platform compared to traditional methods in terms of:
- Enhancing access to education and performance for rural learners.
- Boosting confidence and interest in STEM subjects among rural students.
- Promoting gender-parity in access to learning and academic performance.
- Fostering confidence among rural female students to venture into STEM subjects.