“My motivation is my love for our planet earth and the organisms that reside on it”, said Emerald Akhaumere. Earlier this year, Emerald, aged 17, developed a prototype for an artificial intelligence tool that helps users find environmentally-friendly ways to dispose of waste — specifically plastics, which are often burned, contributing to poor air quality in her home country of Nigeria.
Emerald developed the tool through Idea Lab, a learning and creative programme for girls run in partnership by UNESCO and Technovation, a member of the Global Education Coalition.
The Technovation Idea Lab pilot programme supported girls to continue learning remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Flexible Learning Strategies for Out of School Children programme is a UNESCO initiative with the aim of supporting inclusive and quality education for every child in the region. Our goal is to reach the remaining and most vulnerable 5% of children with no access to education in the region and support quality improvements in learning for every child.
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