Michael Leventhal of the Association RobotsMali in Mali will determine whether ChatGPT-4 can support curriculum development and teacher training to improve literacy in Mali, which has 65% illiteracy. The West African language Bambara is the most widely spoken language of Mali, but there is almost no literature in Bambara and few Malians can read their mother tongue. Education is provided almost entirely in French, a language most Malians do not understand, and in a cultural context foreign to Malian children. They will use ChatGPT-4 to generate graded, culture-specific written stories for children in Bambara along with linked pedagogical material for teachers to improve lesson quality. They will evaluate the material with students and teachers using available quantitative tools and assess its ability to improve educational outcomes.
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