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Breaking the Wall to AI-powered Personalised Learning for All

Falling Walls Foundation | George Cowell

How low-tech solutions help to make education accessible for everyone

Education is key for economic advancement as well as social stability. However, providing quality education is especially challenging in countries that lack infrastructure, learning materials and trained teachers. UNESCO estimates that 617 million school-age children around the world finish primary school without having attained basic literacy and numeracy. These deficits have compounding effects, because without basic skill mastery, students cannot learn from books and are severely restricted in civic participation. George Cowell is the International Director at Rising Academy Network, a B Corporation that delivers education to more than 50,000 children in Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Ghana. In addition to their low-cost private schools and government partnerships, Rising Academies are building “Rori”, a chatbot tutor that harnesses AI and engages audio to deliver personalised learning to any student on any phone. At Falling Walls, George will talk about the importance of low-tech solutions in making education accessible for everyone. He will tell the story of how millions of students may be able to receive engaging foundational content through ubiquitous technologies like SMS and Whatsapp.

LIVE EVENT; AVAILABLE VIA LIVESTREAM AND ATTENDANCE IN HALL 1 FOR SUMMIT PARTICIPANTS Lecture Hall. Radial, Ground Fl.

George Cowell is the Breakthrough of the Year 2021 in the Future Learning category.

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George Cowell

Rising Academy Network

George oversees people and programmes for Rising Academy Network, a BCorp© that delivers a low-cost, high-quality education to more than 50,000 children across Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Ghana. George also leads on growth initiatives and partnerships at Rising. In 2020, Rising created the Rising On Air program which reached 12m children, in 12 languages across 25 countries. George is TeachFirst Alumnus, has a BA from the University of Exeter, MA from the Institute of Education, and is currently studying for an MBA at Warwick Business School.

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