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Call for contributions: artificial intelligence in education and its human rights - based use at the service of the advancement of the right to education

Issued by

Special Rapporteur on the right to education

Deadline

27 May 2024

Purpose: To inform the Special Rapporteur’s annual thematic report to be presented to the General Assembly in 2024.

Background

For her upcoming report to be presented to the General Assembly in October 2024, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to education, Ms. Farida Shaheed, will consider the human rights-based use of artificial intelligence in education at the service of the advancement of the right to education.

The report will build on the outcomes achieved by other United Nations human rights mechanisms on the topic. 

For the purposes of this questionnaire, artificial intelligence (AI) refers to the use of computer programming that enables systems to learn and adapt autonomously, and to process data based on specific set of algorithms. Such AI systems include various techniques such as machine learning and large language models, including generative AI, which generates new content such as text, images, and videos. 

In educational settings, AI is often used for tasks ranging from enhancing teaching and research methodologies, student assessment and personalizing learning experiences to improving decision-making processes through predictive analytics and adaptive systems. It is crucial to address potential risks associated with AI in education, including gender and other biases in algorithms, disparities for marginalized groups in terms of access to necessary devices and connectivity required to use AI-based education programmes and the reinforcement of harmful stereotypes through AI-generated content.

Objectives

The Special Rapporteur intends to take stock of international guidelines, national legislation, academic and corporate guidelines and codes of conduct, as well as innovative practices of the use of AI in educational settings, in the framework of ensuring the enjoyment of the right to education by all.

Key questions and types of input sought

The Special Rapporteur is inviting input from States, United Nations agencies, funds and programmes, national human rights institutions, academics, educators, business actors, as well as civil society organizations. 

Download the questionnaire: 
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How inputs will be used

All inputs received will be posted on the OHCHR website. Please do not include any personal details which you would not want to be found online. Please indicate if you have any objections regarding to your reply being posted on the OHCHR website.

Next Steps

Inputs should be sent by e-mail no later than 27 May 2024, 18:00 CET.

Email address: [email protected]

Email subject line: Contribution: AI in education

Word limit: 3,000 words

File format: Word

Accepted languages: English, French, Spanish, Russian

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