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Dennis Wafula

South Africa based UABA to train a million Africans on blockchain

One million Africans are set to benefit from emerging digital training organized by the United Africa Blockchain Association (UABA). UABA, a non-profit organization based in South Africa is committed to promoting the adoption of blockchain technology in Africa.

According to the announcement, UABA plans to use a Train the Trainer model through boot camps and hackathons to reach out blockchain and crypto community in African. These exercises are scheduled to start in September 2019 and will target mainly women and youths.

The sessions will initially be held on a weekly basis in Johannesburg, South Africa. The organizers also plan to set up this training in Cape Town. Eventually, UABA plans to partner up with other organizations to help expand this training to other African countries such as Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania, and Ghana.

The training will take two main parts. The first part is dubbed as “Blockchain 101 Train the Trainer Program’ while the second will be on ‘Women in Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence (AI) Initiative.”

Notably, the Train the Trainer model will be a cross-pollinated model that will use the highly educated trainers in digitally connected areas. These trainers will eventually reach out to first-time learners at community level.

While elaborating on the initiative Heath Muchena, the UABA’s research director, stated:

We’ll be running blockchain training programs, facilitating and hosting hackathons and blockchain events. Also, we intend on initiating start-up boot camps for entities developing blockchain-based solutions with use cases focused on Africa’s emerging/developing economies.

Heath also added that UABA plans to form partnerships with local businesses that have tailored their products and services to cater to the needs of Africans.

Recently in April 2019, graduate trainees completed the DLBRT Blockchain business course held at Strathmore Business School in Kenya. This program was as a result of a Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) signed between Kenbright Actuarial & Financial Services (KAFS) and Strathmore Risk Management Centre. The course was tailored to allow the beneficiaries to learn more on the potential of blockchain and cryptocurrencies. Generally, the program is aimed at letting entrepreneurs understand how they can transform their business operations by implementing blockchain technology.

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