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Government Official Advisor of Artificial Intelligence: Michelle Ruas

Updated: Apr 17

Government of Guinea-Bissau, Ministry of Education, 2024

Empowering Every Learner: AI's Role in Personalised Education

In a world where access to quality education remains unequal, the role of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in revolutionising education and promoting inclusivity has never been more crucial. I was recently appointed as the Government Official Advisor of AI in Guinea-Bissau. This meant during my visit to the county, I had the privilege of engaging with the Ministry of Education to discuss strategies for leveraging AI tools to ensure equitable access to education for all. In this article, I will explore the significance of AI in fostering inclusivity in education and the transformative potential it holds for shaping the future.

Closing the Equity Gap: AI's Role in Equity and Access

In many parts of the world, disparities in educational resources and opportunities perpetuate inequality. AI has the potential to bridge this equity gap by democratising access to high-quality educational materials and instruction. Open educational resources (OER) powered by AI algorithms can provide free, accessible and personalised learning materials online to students in underserved communities, levelling the playing field and ensuring that every learner has access to the same educational opportunities.

Overcoming Obstacles: AI Solutions for Inclusive Education

One of the most significant challenges in achieving inclusive education is addressing barriers such as language, disability, and socio-economic status / ease of access. AI technologies offer innovative solutions to overcome these barriers. For example, multilingual AI chatbots, can provide language support and assist learners in accessing educational resources in their native language (Portuguese in Guinea-Bissau). Similarly, AI-driven assistive technologies can support students with disabilities by providing alternative ways to engage with educational content such as tailored programs for deaf and blind students. In a country such as Guinea-Bissau, this is more crucial than ever as students with disabilities may choose to not attend school and would have no alternative way to learn.

Pioneering Inclusive Education Through Accessible Tools and Language Learning Models

Recent advancements in AI have democratised access to educational tools, making them more accessible and user-friendly than ever before. Free tools such as ChatGPT are a key example of this, that just require an internet connection. Language Learning Models (LLMs) represent a significant leap forward in recent years, enabling computers to understand and respond to natural language queries with remarkable accuracy. This breakthrough not only simplifies the learning process but also empowers learners of all backgrounds to engage with educational content in their preferred language and format. By leveraging these cutting-edge technologies, educators can create inclusive learning environments where every learner has the opportunity to thrive.

Fostering Lifelong Learning: AI-driven Continuous Learning Platforms

In a rapidly changing world, the ability to learn and adapt is essential. AI-driven lifelong learning platforms can empower individuals of all ages to acquire new skills and knowledge throughout their lives. By providing personalised recommendations, tracking progress, and offering continuous feedback, these platforms enable learners to stay relevant in an ever-evolving job market and pursue their educational aspirations beyond traditional school settings. Previously students that had no access to a careers coach, education mentor or application assistant would not know the next steps for them. However, using AI-driven platforms, the students can be properly supported according to their desires and skills. No tool looks to replace teacher interactions, but looks to compliment and assist them.

A Strategic Vision for the Future: Michelle Ruas and the Future of AI in Education

As we look ahead, it is clear that the future of education lies at the intersection of utilising technology for inclusivity. By harnessing the power of AI tools to promote equitable access, personalised learning, and lifelong learning opportunities, we can create a more inclusive and prosperous society. As the newly appointed Government Advisor of AI, I am committed to working collaboratively with stakeholders to chart a course for a future where education knows no boundaries and every learner has the opportunity to succeed.


Congratulations Michelle! This is great. Wishing you every success in your endeavours.

Michelle Ruas
Michelle Ruas

Thank you Deb!!

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