Fair Chance Learning Soars High Like an Eagle in Kenya During Computer Science Week
AI refers to computational tools that are able to substitute for human intelligence in the performance of certain tasks. This technology is currently advancing at a breakneck pace, much like the exponential growth experienced by database technology in the late twentieth century. Databases have grown to become the core infrastructure that drives enterprise-level software. Similarly, most of the new value added from software over the coming decades is expected to be driven, at least in part, by AI.
During the 2019 computer science week, I was privileged to be part of a group of Kenyan educators and mentors from Fountain Youth Initiative who took part in the event thanks to our local learning solution specialist Irene Githinji.
We travelled over 10,000 KM for about 16 hours and 10 mins without passports to connect with Martha Jez, (CEO Fair Chance Learning) and her amazing students from Ontario, Canada. It was such a breath taking experience. She is such an assertive lady! She kept us at the edge of our seats until the very end.
We shared the Kenyan perspective on education and learning led by Michael Razungu. We discussed many issues such as how to embrace technology in the classroom, matters related to sustainable development goals in Africa and cited some of the challenges affecting use of technology in the classroom, such as poor internet connectivity and abnormal teacher student ratio just to mention but a few.
His parting shot was that we all need to support the good use of AI not forgetting there are also negative effects of AI.
Following on Facebook Live were also renown MIE Experts and educators such as Mokolwane Eric Masweneng from South Africa, Shafiq Rehman from Pakistan, Novak Kavoly from Hungary, ‘Atom Ae Molecule’ from Thailand, Francisco Tapy from Brazil, Slavica Karbera from Macedonia, Milan Thapa Namaste from Nepal and Shankar Lekule from India. We also had over 5000 classrooms connected!
It was thrilling listening to Ahmed Adel, a key note speaker from Egypt who is also the Director Azure PMM management at Microsoft. His key words were, ‘We need to take the power of AI and use it for good’. He said the coolest thing about AI is when it enables people to do things they could not do before. I was particularly fascinated to learn from him that there is a seeing AI app! His parting shot was that we need to support the good use of AI because there are also negative effects of AI.
On behalf of the Kenyan educators and mentors, I take this opportunity to thank Martha Jez for organising such an event and granting us that honour to be part of it. I also thank in a special way Fair Chance Learning, WE and Microsoft Canada. We look forward to such an opportunity in the near future.
About the Author: Kamaku Mbondo Felix
I am an educator in Kenya. I teach Mathematics and Biology in Mashuuru Boys’ High School located in Kajiado county, Rift valley region.
I am a Microsoft innovative educator expert, a Microsoft certified educator and a MIE trainer.
Notably, I am this year’s Kenyan winner of E2 taking place in Sydney Australia and I am so proud of it!
I have been teaching since 2009. Nothing gives me greater joy than seeing students join form one and exiting the system having undergone transformation through my hands.
I am the ICT champion Mashuuru sub-county, Kajiado county. The sub-county has around one hundred and ten both primary and secondary schools. I am also the head of mathematics department in my school and the patron Kenya science and engineering fair and the patron scouts club.
In summary I have an overwhelming attachment to technology in classroom.