How AI and Immersive Technologies Can Help Reintegrate Released African Individuals

How AI and Immersive Technologies Can Help Reintegrate Released African Individuals
William Jackson, MAT – CEO MetaverseWP Technology Education Technology Program Director of One Africa Forum

Prof. William and Aida Jackson recently spoke at the “Raising The Bar Collective Summit” sharing how AI, Metaverse, and Digital Education
can help individuals released from prisons globally, especially across
Africa to empower Africa with increased digital workers, thought
leaders and innovators. Education is the key, many that are incarcerated
do not have marketable skills, are not supported as entrepreneurs, and
do not have exposure and access to ways to make a living legally.
African governments should take advantage of training, educating,
mentoring, and empowering released individuals especially those
that are youth, teens and young adults.

The increased access of educational opportunities in African prisons
can increase the number of technology workers, thought leaders,
digital creatives, digital innovators that can help strengthen the
continent of Africa and add to the economic growth and
development of social systems that build access to careers
and financial stability.

Technology can be a game changer by collaborations, building
networks of inclusion that promote and enhance diversity, open
educational access for women and men, and provide supportive
educational services. Returning people to society must be provided opportunities to learn skills that allow for reentry into a technology
rich society.
The opportunity to teach digital skills to released individuals is an
investment in the lives of men and women that have paid their
debt to society and need an opportunity to grow into productive
and contributing members of society. They can contribute in a
positive way if they are provided the correct educational tools.

The challenge is to apply technological growth in education,
empower and reintegrate those in reentry programs to decrease
recidivism. The accessibility of technology will be for these
individuals that are being released from prisons able to learn
skills that allows them to be employed in a world of algorithms,
datasets, social engagements, basic technological skills and
building personal/professional learning community.

Recently released incarcerated individuals can benefit from
training in AI, Social Media, Immersive Educational
Environments and Digital Learning Modules. Technology
skills in Africa can assist reentry in finding educational and
employment opportunities.

As Educational Specialists in Technology, Certified VR,
and Immersive Environments and Professors of high education
it is imperative that released individuals are provide skills for
the 21st century and beyond.

* Strategies for Reintegration into Society is a growing
mission to help build a digital Workforce in Africa and prevent
released individuals going back into the criminal justice system
and prisons of Africa.

* Reintegration into Society: AI education provides an opportunity
for recently released individuals to reintegrate into society by
acquiring valuable digital skills that are in high demand in today’s
job market. Being incarcerated stops access to educational
options that can build skills, talents and engagements that prepare
for current and future careers. Having learning opportunities geared
to building positive self-esteem, creates avenues
for mentorship and networking.

* Empowerment Through Education: Learning about AI and
alternative digital tools can empower individuals by equipping
them with knowledge (new knowledge that can be blended with
current) and skills that enable released individuals to actively
participate in the rapidly evolving technology-driven world.

* Job Opportunities: AI skills are increasingly sought after
by employers across various Industries across Africa. Africa
should not allow China to only hire Chinese to work in tech fields.
Africa should not only hire Russians to only hire Russian workers.
By receiving training in AI, Social Media, Immersive Technologies,
and alternate digital skills, recently released individuals can access
a wide range of job opportunities. There are opportunities for
employment from entry level to mid / and even executive levels.

* Entrepreneurship:
AI Education can inspire, empower, encourage entrepreneurship among recently released individuals. The right
skills and knowledge are key for released youth and teens, they
can start their own AI-related businesses, freelance writers,
social media developers, and as AI and Digital consultants.

* Higher Earning Potential:
Jobs in the AI field often offer
competitive salaries and opportunities for advancement.
These are skills that require analysis, evaluation, patience,
and self-reflection.   By obtaining AI training, recently released
individuals can increase their earning potential and work
towards financial stability. Financial stability is key in helping
released youth and teens to make better choices in life and
working towards the life that benefits them and their families.

* Remote Work Opportunities:
Many AI-related roles can be
performed remotely, offering flexibility and the ability to work
from home. The opportunity of having a flexible working
environment is important to gaining independence, changing
living conditions are better for personal and family living.
This is particularly beneficial for individuals who may face
barriers to traditional employment due to their criminal record
or other factors. The improvement of home lifestyles helps to
promote entrepreneurialism and builds independence.

* Contribution to Social Good:
AI technologies have the
potential to address social challenges and improve people’s
lives. Recently released individuals can use their
AI skills to contribute to projects focused on social good,
addressing social issues, examine how community services
can be improved, enhanced, and enter-twined with
other resources.

* Personal Development:
Learning about AI and Digital
Platforms encourages critical thinking, problem-solving, creativity
and innovation, and empowers the mind to imagination. Digital
Innovative opportunities are relevant to how tech can be applied
to building communities and re-enforcing PLC Personal Learning Communities. These skills not only benefit individuals in their
professional lives but also contribute to their personal growth
and development.

* Access to Supportive Networks:
AI training programs often
provide access to supportive networks of mentors, peers, and
industry professionals. Technology is not only the great equalizer,
but it has the ability to level the playing fields of creativity and
collaboration. These networks can offer guidance, advice, and
opportunities for cooperation and networking.

*Breaking the Cycle of Recidivism:
By providing recently
released youth and teens with access to AI education and
employment opportunities, society can help break the cycle
of recidivism. Empowering individuals with the skills and
resources they need to succeed reduces the likelihood of
them returning to the criminal justice system. Individuals
can build a vision for the future of new careers, being
entrepreneurs and building communities. The cycle must
be broken by applying new ways of learning, engagements,
imagination, and mental adjustments to be powerful in
positive development.

From our experiences as educators, AI education offers
numerous benefits to recently released individuals that
are released from prison. Including access to employment
opportunities, entrepreneurship, personal development,
and the potential to contribute to social good.
By investing in AI training, African and other societies can
support successful reintegration into society and help build
bright futures for themselves and their families.
Companies like MetaverseWP  are providing
workshops and trainings to help released individuals to
move forward in their lives and not be held back by past mistakes.