Binance and Utiva’s Digital Education Initiative: Empowering the Next Generation of African Tech Professionals
As the world continues to grapple with the economic aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, one of the most affected groups has been young people. Unemployment rates have skyrocketed, and the future looks uncertain for many. However, amidst the gloom, there are rays of hope, and one of those rays shines brightly in Africa. Binance Charity, the philanthropic arm of Binance, the world’s leading cryptocurrency and blockchain infrastructure provider, and Utiva, a technology education company in Africa, has announced a digital education initiative that aims to empower the next generation of African tech professionals.
The initiative, known as the Binance Charity Scholar Program, will provide 1,000 young Africans with a free 1-year intensive skill training program. The scholarship will kick off on January 29th, 2023, with a virtual launch day. The program is open to young Africans between the ages of 18-35 from 19 countries and will provide them with a platform to learn technology skills within the duration of 12 months.
Empowering Africa Through Digital Education
Classes have been designed in collaboration with Binance Academy for complete beginners and include skills such as web development, front-end development, full-stack development, cloud computing, and blockchain modules. Binance Academy will further support this initiative by providing Web3 crash-course content to students and by offering live and recorded training sessions to Utiva instructors. Upon completion of the program, students will be awarded an NFT certificate as digital and verifiable proof of having successfully completed the program.
In a statement, Helen Hai, VP of Binance and Head of Binance Charity, said, “Today, we’re celebrating the 1000 students selected for full scholarships as part of our Binance Charity Scholar Program. This is our most ambitious education outreach to date in the region and the overwhelmingly positive response further bolsters Africa as a key hub for emerging tech talent. We’re so excited for these young people, as they embark on an exciting new career journey.”
A Path to Economic Prosperity
This initiative is not just about providing digital education to young Africans, it is about creating a path for economic prosperity for the continent through skill training and access to vast job opportunities in the technology and Web3 sectors. The program includes students from countries such as Nigeria, Senegal, Ghana, Cameroon, South Africa, Rwanda, Kenya, and more.
A Bright Future Ahead
The response to the program has been overwhelmingly positive, with applications to study as part of this program surpassing 80,000 worldwide since June last year. This goes to show that the demand for digital education and opportunities in the tech sector is high and that young Africans are eager to seize the opportunities that lie ahead.
The Binance Charity Scholar Program is a shining example of how digital education can empower young people and provide them with a path to a better future. It is initiatives like these that will pave the way for a brighter future for Africa, and for the world.