Input Output Hong Kong (IOHK) supports the Ethiopian government in using blockchain technology to overhaul its education system.
The research and development arm behind Cardano is using its expertise to provide the Ethiopian authorities with a new system for student and teacher identification, digital class verification and remote monitoring of school performance. IOHK’s Atala PRISM ID enables government agencies to create a tamper-proof record of educational achievement for five million students in 3,500 schools. This will also enable the Ethiopian government to narrow down the locations and causes of educational inefficiencies.
John O’Connor, director of the Africa Operations Unit at IOHK, described the blockchain-based education system in Ethiopia as an “important milestone” for his organization. He explained:
“After five years of research and development, Cardano is now mature enough to support a blockchain solution that can be adapted to an entire national population.”
IOHK believes that the current blockchain-based transformation of the Ethiopian education system could also be extended to post-secondary institutions, especially when applying digital verification.
Getahun Mekuria, Ethiopia’s Minister of Education, commented on the initiative:
“We believe blockchain is an important way to end digital exclusion and expand access to higher education and employment.”
Africa has been one of IOHK’s key development goals over the years. In 2019, the organization launched a new training initiative in Ethiopia and Uganda to teach women how to code in Haskell, the main programming language behind Cardano. In addition to local initiatives, Africa is a central part of IOHK’s vision to provide financial services to the world’s population without banks, which is estimated at around 1.7 billion.
Charles Hoskinson, Founder of Cardano, believes Africa will play an important role in delivering the blockchain infrastructure over the next five years. He expects to have several headquarters across the continent during this time.