The Al Watan Fund, with the support of the Aldar Real Estate Company, and in partnership with the Ministry of Education, organized a virtual graduation ceremony for the 200 male and female students of the “Artificial Intelligence Program” from the intermediate stage of the “Emirati Coder” initiative.
The ceremony was attended by Acting Director General of Al Watan Fund, Ahmed Mahmoud Fikry, Assistant Undersecretary for the Care and Activities Sector at the Ministry of Education Dr. Amna Al Dahak Al Shamsi, Director of Financial and Sustainability Affairs at Aldar Real Estate Company Greg Fewar, and Executive Director and Sales Director of the Tanker educational platform Venkat Farada.The program lasted for two weeks with the aim of providing participants with advanced skills in the fields of artificial intelligence and machine learning, and it also attracted for the first time 60 male and female students who were nominated by the Ministry of Education after they were able to achieve distinction in the basic stages with a set of competitions implemented by the ministry.
The Acting Director General of the Watan Fund, Ahmed Mahmoud Fikry, affirmed that artificial intelligence has become a main focus for making the future of countries, indicating that the Watan Fund is keen to develop the capabilities of national talents and provide them with all the necessary skills in order to master the programming language, which is one of the basic areas that contribute to the consolidation of the economy Knowledge and sustainable in the country.
He thanked Aldar Properties for its support for the Emirati coder initiative, which, since its inception, has contributed to qualifying many promising Emirati talents in this field, praising the efforts of the Ministry of Education and its keenness to partner with Fund Al Watan in order to qualify a distinguished generation of programmers.
For her part, Her Excellency Dr. Amna Al Dahak Al Shamsi thanked the Al Watan Fund for the support it provides to enhance the efficiency of education and investment in the nation’s generations, considering that this strategic partnership that brings together the two parties is a model for constructive cooperation that is in the interest of our students and the entire educational system.
She said, “Today we are proud of the group of our students who are affiliated with the Emirati Coder Program, and we congratulate them for their graduation.”
She indicated that this initiative was launched from the core of the state’s vision in preparation for the next fifty years, as such initiatives qualify and prepare our students for the requirements of the future in line with global trends in the various fields of knowledge. The initiative will certainly contribute to devoting higher thinking skills, constructive criticism, solving problems and reaching solutions, which are skills. The student does not touch it directly, but rather acquires and senses it automatically while practicing programming.
She added: “Today, we are taking broad and proactive steps to qualify our students by providing them with advanced skills and all capabilities related to artificial intelligence, and what supports the achievement of the country’s future plans based on contemporary science and specific skills that we employ in the right context. Perhaps the Corona pandemic is evidence of the importance of investing technological skills to meet the challenges.”
The “Emirati Programmer”, launched by Fund Al Watan, consists of several stages that begin in its elementary stage with teaching students to program electronic games and basic programming concepts. In the middle stage, the focus is on the concepts of artificial intelligence and machine learning. In the advanced stages, the participants’ abilities in advanced programming skills are developed in the language of Python and electronic application building.
The middle stage of the “Emirati coder” aimed at building the capabilities of the participants in the field of artificial intelligence, which has become an important sector in our country’s vision to build a better future for future generations. This stage includes many educational and knowledge lectures and training courses that will refine and build the capabilities of a generation of distinguished people. And masters of the language of the future.
The Emirati Coder is a knowledge platform that allows male and female students from all emirates of the country to acquire distinct programming skills, including developing creative and analytical thinking skills, how to build an electronic application and design through an intensive set of courses and educational programs.
It aims to teach Emirati students in various emirates of the country between the ages of 7 and 14 the basics of the programming language in a fun way before studying it in advanced study stages, thus contributing to the creation of a generation armed with the language of the age capable of creating a bright future for the country.