Online learning platforms have gathered steam during the pandemic as a necessity for students to continue education, while billions globally were locked away from school. But e-learning has unlocked scope for gaining knowledge and training beyond conventional classrooms, and nurtured a new breed of young innovators that are set to accelerate a digital revolution.
The Emirates is already stepping beyond lines of traditional education to raise new talent with institutes specifically designed for AI and even e-sports. A seven-year-old from the country has made good use of e-learning access and more time during lockdown, to become the youngest student to complete an internship at Oxford University.
Abu Dhabi’s Saanvi Chouraria quickly started increasing her knowledge on AI, coding and computing, after gaining access to online portals while staying home during the pandemic. She went on to finish a certification course in coding offered by Google during the past year, and displayed higher curiosity towards AI and machine learning.
Saanvi’s parents encouraged her by enrolling her with a virtual certification course at Oxford through a platform called Clevered, and she was then picked for a six-week internship by the university. Her enthusiasm for innovation and smart-tech resulted in a Wikipedia-based tool, providing information to people who can’t type.
People with access to the platform simply need to say a word, which is then looked up by AI, that delivers every piece of relevant information. Her mentors were also thrilled at how the young mind picked a project to help differently-abled people via tech to provide knowledge, instead of opting for a game.
The successful stint at Oxford has position Saanvi as a wunderkind who may join ranks of the world’s top tech-innovators in the near future. Saanvi is closer to avenues for sharpening her skills, since she is based out of Abu Dhabi, which recently launched the world’s first university offering courses specifically for AI.
Young talent will prove to be a crucial asset for the Emirates in its quest to lead the world in developing AI-powered smart tech by 2031.