Session 2E: Reimagining Caribbean Education and Skills Development in an age of Generative AI and the 5th Industrial Revolution [SDGs: 4 – Quality Education]

July 10, 2024

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

This academic panel seeks to critically examine and reimagine the trajectory of education and skills development in the Caribbean region within the context of the burgeoning influences of Generative Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Fifth Industrial Revolution (5IR). It posits a forward-looking analysis of how these technological advancements are reshaping the educational landscape, necessitating a paradigm shift in teaching, learning, and skill acquisition. The discussion will bring together a consortium of educators, technologists, policy analysts, and industry experts to deliberate on the integration of GenAI and 5IR innovations into the Caribbean educational systems. Central to the panel’s discourse will be the exploration of AI-driven personalized and adaptive learning models, the emphasis on developing digital literacy and critical thinking skills, and the advocacy for lifelong learning frameworks adaptable to ongoing technological evolution. Additionally, the panel will address the socio-economic implications of this transformation, focusing on strategies to bridge the digital divide and ensure equitable access to these new educational opportunities. The role of policy interventions and the necessity of public-private partnerships in fostering a technology-enabled educational environment will also be key focal points. The aim is to delineate a comprehensive strategy for Caribbean education systems to not only adapt to but also actively engage with and benefit from the opportunities presented by GenAI and 5IR. This strategy is envisaged to equip the future Caribbean workforce with the necessary skills and competencies to thrive in a rapidly evolving global digital economy.