Friday, February 3, 2023
  • The Namibian higher learning institution plans to incorporate a stand-alone blockchain course by 2024
  • If we can apply the application of blockchain courses within African universities, we could not only increase crypto awareness but also expand Web3 adoption
  • With the consistent rise of blockchain adoption within Africa, a few African universities have already established blockchain courses within their curriculum

Cryptocurrency adoption in Africa is rising, and every developer and crypto enthusiast has eyes on the speeding train. Organizations such as Binance, Ethereum and Polygon have made some progress, each taking the necessary initiatives to establish a link with Africa’s lucrative blockchain market.

These strides have significantly impacted the livelihood of various crypto miners and traders within Africa’s crypto ecosystem. As much as these efforts have aided Africa, it is still not enough. There have been petitions to incorporate blockchain courses within African universities to increase crypto awareness among the future workforce.

Importance of Blockchain courses

Even with the rise of blockchain-based boot camps, the growth of crypto awareness in Africa has been quite slow. More and more individuals have taken advantage of these opportunities. However, a large margin of potential talent and innovation remains untapped to skyrocket the industry.

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African universities can adopt blockchain courses that will inevitably expand the crypto ecosystem in Africa [Photo/CoinGeek]

In 2018, Babu Paul, director of the Institute for Intelligent Systems at the University of Johannesburg in South Africa, suggested that higher education providers on the continent train more technology and science students in blockchain technology, as this was part of the fourth industrial revolution.

This was foresight to the current development of Africa’s ecosystem. There have been multiple startups such as Chipper Cash, BitSika and plenty more who worked tirelessly to implement their self-taught blockchain expertise.

Also, Read: African startups ushering in the new age of Web3.0.

The success rate of African universities in computer- related courses has increased over the years. More universities are catering to educating their citizens. If we can apply the application of blockchain courses within African universities, we could not only increase crypto awareness but also expand Web3. We could exponentially grow the crypto ecosystems by giving the necessary skills to build decentralized applications at our education level.

Organizations offering blockchain courses

Due to the low adoption rate of African universities offering blockchain courses, organizations have taken it upon themselves to provide the necessary resources to facilitate such education. 

  • Africa Blockchain Centre – commonly known as ABC- is an organization that aims to promote and build a blockchain ecosystem in Africa that breeds highly skilled blockchain engineers. These individuals will have the facilities and knowledge to support the expansion of Africa as a crypto ecosystem and Tech Hub. ABC offers various online blockchain courses that aid individuals in their journey. They mould them into adequate blockchain developers who will usher in Africa’s new age of technology. Alongside facilitating such education, ABC also links their students with other experts and firms. This enables them to broaden their skillset and increase their potential.
  • The blockchain Association of Kenya – Mic Kimani first launched this association in 2017 to oversee the blockchain industry standards among companies, startups, traders, and developers. He decided to increase their reach and partnered with other institutions to offer trading, education boot camps, and meetups. This initiative was a response to improve their staff further and promote crypto awareness within Kenya.
  • The Bithub Africa Blockchain Accelerator –  John Karanja, a tech entrepreneur, discovered this organization in hopes of accelerating the blockchain ecosystem and cryptocurrency within Africa. Bithumb Africa also acts as a conduit between developer and development startups in the crypto ecosystem within Africa. To make up where most African universities have failed, Bithub Africa offers various Blockchain courses and certifications. These programs aid in training a developer to acquire the necessary skills.
  • Africa Code Academy – is an institution whose main aim is to develop young minds to acquire the necessary skills in real-world scenarios. They construct clas-time just like a software company and are referred to as Devs, while teaching assistants are called Project Managers. Their key goal is to integrate real-life situations and responses within their students slowly. This has resulted in a significant success rate with ACA’s training regime. They offer blockchain courses on different levels, and each group requires the development of usable projects. Top students not only gradually expand Africa’s crypto ecosystem but also acquire opportunities to work as assistants or instructors.

African universities offering blockchain courses

With the consistent rise of blockchain adoption within Africa, a few African universities have already established blockchain courses within their curriculum or are in the planning phase.

  • Namibia Univerity – The Namibian higher learning institution plans to incorporate a stand-alone blockchain course by 2024. Samuel Nuungulu released this information, the University’s head of IT, who expressed great zeal for the new master’s degree program. He stated that blockchain is the future of Web3, and there is a need to instil the necessary skills in the next generation.
  • University of Johannesburg – The South African learning institute induced a blockchain certification within its curriculum a few years back. This initiative placed it as one of the first African Universities that offer a blockchain education system. Graduates receive a certification upon completion of the course. This proves they have the necessary skills to develop blockchain-based projects and aid crypto awareness in Africa.

Also, Read Chipper Cash: An African fintech grayling to boost cryptocurrency adoption in Africa.

African universities offering blockchain courses are very few, but we expect others to adopt the same. Major companies such as Binance have established Academies within Africa. Their sole purpose is to increase crypto awareness while developing skilled blockchain engineers.

By introducing blockchain in our education system, young minds can see its potential and develop the necessary skills. Most developers today stumble upon blockchain after years of programming and coding.

As a result, relatively making it much harder and longer to understand and apply the very concept of blockchain. Alternatively, we can develop a new generation of blockchain engineers by providing a blockchain course in African universities. As a result, ushering in the Web3 age faster than we ever could.

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