Robogarden, an artificial intelligence educational platform has urged stakeholders in the educational community to engage in increased use of robotics, artificial intelligence, digitalisation and advanced technology in order to aid the future generation on gaining skills especially for employability.
Speaking during a webinar hosted by Ovana Elearning in collaboration with Robogarden themed “rights and voices of youth: teach coding for the youth” held on Tuesday, Mohammed Elhabiby, president, Robogarden said in line with global trends and advancement, it is necessary to equip youths and children with digital and technological skills in order to bridge the gap between education and employability.
According to him, every country suffers different challenges including high unemployment rate which is aggravated by the lack of necessary employment skills, adding that advanced technology and digitalisation is key to economic growth.
“Education has moved from the traditional stage to skills blended with technology and digitalisation, across the world, there is a challenge of skills shortage and future jobs, research shows that in 2030, 85 percent of the jobs that will exist is yet to be invented which calls for the need to equip the next generation with necessary skills” Elhabiby said.
Speaking on the role of Robogarden, in promoting digital skills, Elhabiby said Robogarden helps youths and children achieve goals in line with the United Nations sustainable goals by providing necessary skills to thrive after school through the application of future revolutionary education.
“In the near future, there will be over 10 million more jobs for people with advanced digital skills – we must ensure inclusive and equitable opportunities for everyone to benefit” He added.
He encouraged stakeholders in the education system to engage in transforming Nigeria’s economy by modifying its education system to include digital literacy and computational thinking, innovation, cognitive flexibility, emotional and social intelligence.