In an era where Artificial Intelligence (AI) is reshaping industries and pushing the boundaries of innovation, Narada recognized the critical need to engage, research, and test AI solutions in the educational landscape in Romania. Therefore, this organization, together with Zitec’s Continuous Improvement Services team, is currently taking a pioneering step towards transforming this industry.
Narada embarked on a mission to develop and test the first AI assistant pilot tailored to the unique needs of both students and teachers. In this blog post, we'll delve into the exciting possibilities that the collaboration between Narada and Zitec holds for the future of education. We explore how AI is poised to revolutionize the way teaching and learning unfold, opening up new horizons for educators and students alike.
A vision for 500,000 children
A longstanding innovator in the field of education, Narada remained at the forefront of technology by pioneering new projects that enhance learning experiences. Their quest? To elevate the learning journey for 500,000 children in Romania. Born under the umbrella of Romanian Business Leaders, Narada envisions a Romania where every child has access to quality education, preparing them for success in life and career.
During the beginning of the pandemic, we were wondering how our children would be able to keep up with school and not have big gaps in learning. And this is why we outlined Narada's goal to reach as many children as possible and create technology solutions that would make a valuable improvement in education. Our intuition tells us that if we don't invest in technology now to improve education, we could fall far behind the civilized world - a distance that will be terribly difficult to catch up with.
Chief Executive Officer at Narada
Therefore, they decided to leverage the formidable capabilities of Artificial Intelligence to transform this vision into a tangible and impactful reality and to pave the way for AI to become a standard feature in education.
Teaming up with Zitec, a prominent figure in the IT and Digital Marketing industry, Narada brings a profound commitment to advancing digital education and leaving a lasting, positive imprint on society. They put their confidence in our two decades of digital transformation expertise and choose our Continuous Improvement Services team to meet the unique demands of the Romanian educational landscape.
A transformative endeavor: The creation of the first AI assistant pilot in Romania
Harnessing cutting-edge technology and innovative competency assessment solutions, Narada adopted an Agile, iterative, and incremental approach, crafting an AI assistant pilot that revolutionizes the way assessment tests are designed. Here's what they achieved so far with this project:
1. Streamlined test design
The AI assistant pilot simplifies the process of creating assessment tests, offering various question types, including multiple-choice, single-choice, and true or false, tailored to the specific chapters chosen by educators.
2. Focus on Romanian language and literature
The current version of the solution focuses on the Romanian Language and Literature curriculum, with plans to expand its coverage to encompass other subjects in the near future.
3. Time-saving benefits for educators
By automating test design, this application reduces the time educators spend on creating assessments. This newfound time can be channeled towards enhancing teaching methods and addressing critical infrastructure-related issues:
- Enhancing safety - Teachers within the Narada community extend their commitment to education by addressing broader school-related concerns outside of their teaching or training hours. They actively engage in improving school conditions and safety, thus ensuring a conducive learning environment for students. Their contributions include reporting critical issues, such as outdated electrical installations, inadequate roofing, worn-out doors and windows, and furniture in disrepair, on HartaEdu.ro - a tech platform that leverages the needs of schools with those businesses willing to invest in education.
- Collaborative problem solving - In addition to raising awareness about the above challenges, Narada community teachers actively participate in resolving them, creating a positive impact on the allocation of education funding. Their efforts contribute to redirecting resources away from infrastructure emergencies, ultimately benefiting the educational experience itself.
As we stand on the cusp of a new era in education, Narada managed to mark the initial stride on a path toward transformative innovation and into shaping the future of learning. Although the AI assistant application is currently in its testing phase, this is just the beginning of a journey that promises to revolutionize education in Romania and beyond.
A glimpse into the future
Statistics speak to the profound impact that AI is poised to have on education:
- Over the next three years, more than 47% of learning management tools are projected to be powered by AI.
- Research indicates that between 20% to 40% of teachers' current workloads can be automated and optimized through AI technology.
- An AI chatbot can provide a student with answers in a mere 2.7 seconds, illustrating the efficiency and potential of AI-powered solutions in education.
Unfortunately, as per a UNICEF report, a striking 40% of Romanian teenagers lack fundamental reading and math skills requisite for the demands of the 21st century. Whereas Romania confronts unique educational hurdles, it is in this context that Artificial Intelligence emerges as a transformative catalyst.
Through the customization of learning experiences and the provision of instantaneous feedback, AI holds the potential to address these gaps effectively, guaranteeing that all students, regardless of their socio-economic circumstances, can access and benefit from a high-quality education.
Narada has set its sights on developing a series of groundbreaking solutions in the coming years, all aimed at harnessing the power of Artificial Intelligence to usher in an era of inclusive and effective education. Their approach, marked by technocratic planning and community mobilization, holds the promise of transformative change within the education system in Romania.
Our collaboration with Narada on Romania's first AI pilot project in education is just the beginning. Zitec's commitment to leveraging cutting-edge technologies to meet specific client needs has, over the past 20 years, delivered efficient and scalable solutions. We anticipate AI becoming a standard adjunct in education, propelling the education industry's transformation for the benefit of students, educators, and institutions.
Business Line Director of Continuous Improvement Services at Zitec
About Narada and Zitec: a common venue to digitalization
Narada's inception, driven by a passionate commitment to addressing the root causes of children dropping out of school, has evolved into a dynamic force for change. With a dynamic, multi-disciplinary team of professionals, Narada tackles diverse challenges with integrated solutions, utilizing technology, knowledge transfer, and professional experience.
Andra Munteanu, co-founder of Narada, was deeply moved by a study highlighting seemingly trivial issues like toothaches and lack of proper footwear as the reasons behind student attrition in marginalized communities. Raluca Jianu, now CEO of Narada, joined the mission as a volunteer, laying the foundation for what would later become HartaEdu.ro.
Zitec, with offices in Bucharest and Brașov, specializes in developing customized business solutions, mobile applications, blockchain, and digital marketing services. Recognized as a Google Cloud Premier Partner, Microsoft Solution Partner, Infrastructure Migration to Azure, and many more, Zitec continues to lead the way in technological innovation.
In 2023, Zitec received the Partner of the Year award in Romania from Microsoft for its solutions and services using Microsoft Azure technology.
Technological advancements are reshaping the educational paradigm
The collaboration in creating this AI pilot stands as a testament to the power of innovation and technology, as well as championing a holistic approach in reshaping the educational ecosystem in Romania.
The future of education is here, and it's driven by a vision that encompasses not only advanced AI solutions but also a deep-rooted passion for positive societal impact. As Zitec's Continuous Improvement Services drive effective and scalable solutions, we invite you to be a part of this transformative journey. Reach out to us today to explore how your involvement could be the catalyst for a brighter, more inclusive future towards digital transformation.