AKSHI: 216 more smart laboratories will be opened in the country's 9-year schools
After the successful implementation of the first 100 labs, carried out within the projects for increasing digital skills, from an early age (this is one of the government's priorities and part of the Digital Agenda 2022 - 2026) which includes the integration of the ICT curriculum from primary education, changing the curriculum from the 4th grade onwards to adapt to the new curriculum as well as the necessary training for teachers, ANKSI, in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Sports, are starting the implementation of the second phase for the creation of 216 other labs, in 200 schools throughout the country, with the support of the World Bank, as part of the 'GovTech' program that AKSHI is currently implementing.
Following the Memorandum of Cooperation, signed in July of last year, between the two institutions, the Director of AKSHI, Mirlinda Karçanaj and the Deputy Minister of Education and Sports Nina Guga, signed today during an event organized in the premises of TechSpa ce, the Plan of Implementation and Monitoring of Smartlabs, drawn up in cooperation with the World Bank.
This is another qualitative step in the direction of the digital education of children for a capable generation in the near future, suitable to the needs of the market, where technology is taking the main place, meanwhile, with the aim of equipping all schools of country with smartlabs, with a grant from WBIF and the support of CEB Bank, within the next two years another 654 smartlabs will be implemented in 615 schools in the country, with the support of CEB and WBIF.
"The Strategy Digital Agenda 2022-2026 focuses on the development of new technologies, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, which we have in the process, without leaving aside digital skills, a very important point and which have become the main focus. We have had a very successful pilot of the first 100 laboratories, thanks to the joint inter-institutional work. We received very positive feedback from the teachers regarding the new laboratories, the new curricula and the 'Code Monkey' platform, stimulating learning through fun", said Karçanaj. Before it was decided that we would go with smartlabs - the director of AKSH further explained, - we analyzed all the studies done in this direction that clearly showed us that the introduction of coding from the first grade helps children to have a critical logic to find solutions even for the most difficult problems".
The Deputy Minister of Education, Mrs. Guga expressed his full readiness to continue with the implementation of the project, appreciating the cooperation with ANA, coherence and synchronization in the progress so far with the project of intelligent laboratories and not only.
But what are the innovations of this year?
Taking advantage of today's meeting, the head of AKSHI appreciated the extraordinary work that has been done with SMIP, which for the last school year enabled for the first time the distribution of receipts with an electronic stamp, both from public and private schools.
"This year, the initiative is for parents to be informed in real time about their children's absences through SMIP. We will switch to the Electronic Register, which will enable parents to learn in real time the children's grades and also the absences, which are sometimes made by the children, but the parents do not know", said Karçanaj.
Artificial Intelligence is also planned to be implemented in the education system, to identify those children with a greater technological ability who will be oriented to the right education.