The Ethiopian authority has announced an agreement with Cardano to use the system’s blockchain to optimize the nation’s educational system administration.
The contract is aimed at around five million high school students and 700,000 teachers, as per Cardano’s parent organization, IOHK. The program is operated by Atala PRISM, a decentralized identity platform.
The Atala PRISM ID from IOHK will assist administrators in creating a tamper-proof database of learners’ academic success and identifying areas and sources of educational goals that have not been accomplished.
The program can also provide students with blockchain-verified digital certification in order to reduce the number of fake college applications and employment applications. Businesses would now be able to validate all academic performance without having to rely on 3rd parties.
“This initiative is about bringing technology to improve the quality of education. It’s very practical to think of blockchain technology as a way to improve the quality of education,” stated Ethiopia’s minister of education, Getahun Mekuria.
The initial year of onboarding would see the addition of all 3,500 schools as well as all of the educators. The initiative would enroll all five million high school students in its second year.
The whole educational system would be included in the program.
The program’s ultimate aim, according to IOHK, is to include the whole educational system.https://twitter.com/InputOutputHK/status/1388189862424154115?s=19
“The goal is teachers and secondary school students, but the probability that this will encompass the entire school system from kindergarten to universities is a very high likelihood, and this will bring even more people into the Cardano ecosystem,” noted David Orr, IOHK content creator.
Moreover, the Ethiopian government is providing tablets to both teachers and students and a specialized internet network to promote the program.
IOHK has hinted at an agreement with the Ethiopian government in previous months but has blamed bureaucracy for the setbacks.
According to initial reports, the collaboration could support Ethiopia’s national citizen identity system. The new change comes only a month after Cardano declared that block output had reached 100% decentralization.
In addition to Ethiopia, IOHK is collaborating with World Mobile, a mobile blockchain startup, to link rural Tanzanian communities to the internet.