AI and Coding training is changing students’ lives in Palestine
Engineers Ahmad and Jihad felt a sheer sense of pride as they listened to their students, presenting their innovative work.
24 November 2021, UNESCO Ramallah and the Ministry of Education attended Qabatiyas students' presentations at the Techno Park after a 3-week training on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and coding, with the support of the CapED programme.
In the Techno Park’s rooms, a group of teenagers were gathered around a table going through their presentation slides with their teacher, who they were looking at in pure admiration and respect. There was a number of girls participating in the training.
UNESCO and the Ministry of Education supported the teachers' training, which took place prior to the students' training.
“I want to be a medical doctor in the future, and I would like to use AI in my profession,” one of the students mentioned. The teachers and students were insisting that such training should be offered to students not only on a weekly basis but should also be integrated in the curriculum. The teachers stressed that these types of trainings were crucial since coding and AI were going to take over the job market in the coming years. They noticed a drastic change in the students’ characters and a major development regarding their interpersonal skills. The students started setting goals and working harder to achieve them. They encountered problems and solved them by themselves, which gave them confidence and helped them to develop their problem-solving and research skills.
Towards the end of the event, students started opening up about their feelings of joy and pride by thanking their teachers for their support and sharing what they learned during the training.