On several occasions, there has been talked about the rise of blockchain technology around the world, its use to develop platforms and the impact that it has on different societies. When dealing with the subject, people usually think of the United States or countries in the Asian continent. However, not much has been said about its impact in such a complex region for the world as Africa.

Context of the Continent

It should be noted that the entire African continent is considered a complete region that is under development. This implies that it lags considerably behind other countries in terms of the use of blockchains. This issue covers social organization, its economic systems, and innovation, which makes the application and development of this technology complex.

However, there have been organizations that seek to support Africa to reduce the gap between different countries for several years. For this reason, there are projects that help train the society, including the use of innovative technologies such as blockchain.

This leads to the birth of the African Institute of Blockchain (ABI), which seeks to expand training on this technology for developers in the entire region. To achieve success in this task, several courses and workshops on this subject have been designed.

School in Rwanda

The aim is to expand the scope of training in the use of blockchain technology in a stable and constant way. For this reason, it is planned to found a training institute in Rwanda by the year 2020. This announcement was made by the ABI Executive Director Kayode Babarinde in an interview in recent days.

Babarinde explains that this school aims to impact various areas of Rwandan society. He also revealed that the new school has five key courses on the way: an essential course in blockchain certification, a course for blockchain developers, a course in business blockchain, blockchain for lawyers and blockchain for impact.

Babarinde said that the ABI laid the foundation for its work in Rwanda by running a pilot phase for the school in Ghana, where it launched the inaugural class for a course in blockchain certification.

While the five areas of the course were extensively outlined prior to the pilot in Ghana, the school’s curriculum has already been reviewed and updated in terms of the responses and experiences of its participants.

Babarinde said that the support and cooperation from the association Blockchain DLT Rwanda and its president, Norbert Haguma, have been a key factor in his decision to launch the school in the country.

More generally, he characterized the local context as highly conducive to investments in new technologies. In this regard, he explained that all technology companies seek an environment conducive to serving the continent. This implies support policies, resource management and visibility to the market, all of which make Rwanda the most prominent in Africa.

With respect to the rest of the world, Africa is a continent that is hardly venturing into the use of blockchain technology. However, training in its use and development would be well worth the effort in the not too distant future.

By Willmen Blanco


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