UAE’s Coders HQ, the developer’s social platform in partnership with US multinational technology company Dell Technologies has launched the “AI for Kids” initiative in the UAE.
The initiative strives to build a new generation of coders from school students by introducing them to coding languages and the basics of artificial intelligence (AI) to develop their analytical and logical skills.
“AI for Kids” further encourages young students to join this field and enhance their coding and technological skills, thus promoting the UAE’s leadership and maintaining its position as a global hub for coding and the digital economy.
Attracting about 1,000 students from various schools in the UAE, the initiative focuses on building students’ capabilities and preparing them to build a digital future by empowering them with the necessary tools and expertise and developing their skills using methods that fit their ages.
In addition, students will participate in training programs by experts, which would guide them to design innovative solutions to challenges and enhance their knowledge. The training classes by experts and specialists in various AI fields will be available in both Arabic and English, with the option to take live online lessons or follow a self-paced training plan.
Commenting on the initiative, Mr. Omar Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy and Remote Work Applications, stated that the National Program for Coders, launched by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, is an incubating environment for digital talents and innovative coders. It helps them develop their skills and prepares a new generation capable of developing the best solutions to challenges and building a flourishing digital knowledge-based economy.
Mr. Al Olama further added that the initiative highlights the role of the National Program for Coders, which promotes partnerships with leading hi-tech companies to establish digital societies that adopt technological and coding solutions.
“In today’s digital world, code is everywhere as technology continues to evolve. These shifts are driving significant change in the jobs of the future, where it has been estimated in a study from Dell Technologies, that 85 percent of jobs that will exist in 2030 have not been invented yet. To participate in this tech-driven future, coding has become an essential skill that children need to develop.”
Mr. Yehia further added that, “At Dell Technologies, we aim to harness the power of technology to drive human progress and we are inspired by the ‘National Programme for Coders’ initiative, announced by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister, and Ruler of Dubai, to develop a new generation of programmers and coders. Dell Technologies and the National Program for Coders launched the ‘UAE AI for Kids’ training program in line with this initiative. Our goal is to build an ecosystem of future coders who can be part of tomorrow’s digital workforce.”
The “AI for Kids” initiative concludes its activities with a competition to select three talented winners for their outstanding performance and active participation in the training program.
Coders HQ is a UAE government initiative to enable coders, coding communities, and anyone who wants to code. It was formulated based on supporting coders, who work as strategic enablers to the UAE digital economy. The Coders HQ platform was built with passion; it was built by the community and for the community.