A New Milestone for AI in Africa: UNESCO’s First Affiliated Centre

A New Milestone for AI in Africa: UNESCO’s First Affiliated Centre

In an exciting development for the African continent, UNESCO has inaugurated its first-ever AI-focused affiliated centre in Africa. This centre marks a significant step forward in advancing artificial intelligence capabilities across the region.

The newly established centre is set to play a pivotal role in harnessing the power of AI to address various challenges and drive sustainable development in Africa. By fostering innovation and research, the centre aims to empower local communities and boost the continent’s technological landscape.

"AI has the potential to transform societies, and with this new centre, we are committed to ensuring that Africa is at the forefront of this technological revolution," said a UNESCO representative at the inauguration ceremony. The centre will focus on a range of activities, including education, research, and policy development, to promote AI literacy and innovation.

One of the key objectives of the centre is to bridge the digital divide and ensure that AI technologies are accessible and beneficial to all. By providing training and resources, the centre aims to equip individuals and organizations with the skills needed to thrive in the digital age. "We want to make sure that no one is left behind in the AI revolution," the representative added.

The centre will also serve as a hub for collaboration, bringing together experts, researchers, and policymakers from across Africa and beyond. This collaborative approach is expected to foster knowledge exchange and drive forward innovative solutions tailored to the unique needs of the continent.

In addition to education and research, the centre will focus on ethical AI practices. With growing concerns about the implications of AI, the centre will work towards developing frameworks and guidelines to ensure that AI is used responsibly and ethically. "We must prioritize the ethical use of AI to protect human rights and promote equity," emphasized the UNESCO representative.

The establishment of this centre is a testament to UNESCO’s commitment to supporting technological advancement and innovation in Africa. It reflects a broader vision of leveraging AI to achieve sustainable development goals and improve the quality of life for people across the continent.

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