- IOHK joins hands with the Ethiopian Ministry of Education.
- The partnership aims to create a blockchain-based national identity solution for teachers and students.
- IOHK Media describes the development as the world’s largest blockchain deployment.
IOHK reports its team-up with the Ethiopian Ministry of Education. As such, it aims to create a blockchain-based national identity solution for teachers and students. Specifically, 5 million students and 750,000 teachers.
A tweet by IOHK Media marks the move as the world’s largest blockchain deployment.
We couldn’t make you wait until Thursday! We’re announcing our partnership with Ethiopia’s Ministry of Education to create a blockchain-based national ID and attainment recording system. Rolling out to 5M students, this is the world’s largest blockchain deployment #CardanoAfrica
— IOHK Media (@IOHKMedia) April 27, 2021
Moreover, by using blockchain technology, the system can verify individual eligibility. This will put an end to false university and job applications. Most importantly, employers will be able to verify personal credentials without the presence of a third party.
Also, student IDs will be paired with data from the Learning Management System and used by machine learning algorithms. This will drive personalized teaching, enable dynamic curriculums, and offer policies along with funding based on data.
In addition, tablets with a dedicated network will be given to all teachers and students. This move will especially boost access to academic records. Such a step will open the doors to higher studies and employment for 80% of the students coming from rural regions.
Further, starting a business in Africa can be difficult due to a lack of support and political instability in most countries. Ethiopia is no different, with its residents experiencing constant Internet shutdowns and its military forces fighting in the Tigray region.
However, on the positive side, they believe that blockchain technology is a possible catalyst to end digital exclusion and increase access to higher education.
To add to this, Cardano has also announced that they are working closely with the Ethiopian Government. The project democratizes social and financial services for the world’s 1.7 billion unbanked people in Africa.