Ethiopia Partners with IOHK blockchain to Overhaul its Education System

ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia said it has partnered with Global blockchain research and development company IOHK to overhaul its education system.

The link-up will implement a blockchain-based national student and teacher ID and attainment recording system to digitally verify grades, remotely monitor school performance and boost nationwide education and employment.

The system will give all students blockchain-verified digital qualifications that reduce fraudulent university and job applications, said the ministry.

The blockchain will allow education authorities to track students’ activity at general education level and help the teachers to manage their students.

Education Minister Getahun Mekuria (PhD) said the project would make the nation’s education provision more dynamic.

According to the minister, the country is leading the way in using blockchain to digitize education and as the form is a key plank for national digital transformation strategy.

The minister also said the blockchain offers a key opportunity to end digital exclusion and widen access to higher education and employment.

John O’Connor, IOHK’s African Operations Director, said the new partnership could well be the spark that ignites a tinderbox of blockchain innovation throughout the African continent.

Ethiopia’s blockchain-based education transformation provides economic identities and employment, social and financial services for the digitally excluded, the director added.

The project could ultimately be extended to universities where degrees are also verified digitally on the Cardano blockchain.

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