Substantial improvements in access to education in sub-Saharan Africa have not yet translated into improved learning and life outcomes for marginalized children, especially girls, in underserved communities.
As many countries in sub-Saharan Africa grapple with acute shortages of qualified teachers for their rapidly expanding basic education sectors, the potential significance of continuous professional development is gaining wider recognition.
The International Monetary Fund projects that by 2035, more young Africans will be entering the workforce each year compared to the rest of the world, emphasizing the need for students to learn not only basic reading and arithmetic skills, but also skills that will empower them to face a world that is continually changing.
The Science Granting Councils Initiative in sub-Saharan Africa (SGCI) is a multi-donor initiative supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), the United Kingdom’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), IDRC, South Africa’s National Research Foundation (NRF), and the German Research Foundation (DFG).
The Lacuna Fund announces its second cohort of supported projects, whose teams will create openly accessible text and speech datasets that will fuel natural language processing (NLP) technologies in 29 languages across Africa.
Every day, Africa’s burgeoning community of data scientists, machine learning specialists, and researchers is exploring how artificial intelligence (AI) can contribute to tackling local challenges south of the Sahara.