Cardano To Roll Out Blockchain-Based IDs to Millions of Students in Africa

Cardano To Roll Out Blockchain-Based IDs to Millions of Students in Africa


Blockchain firm and Cardano developer Input Output Hong Kong (IOHK) is announcing a partnership with the Ethiopian government aimed at digitizing the country’s education sector.

In a blog post, IOHK’s director for African operations John O’Connor says that the blockchain firm will deploy its decentralized identity solution Atala PRISM to thousands of schools in Africa’s second-most populous country.

The identity solution which is built on Cardano will be used to “digitally verify grades, remotely monitor school performance, and boost education and employment” across Ethiopia.

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“This will provide all students with blockchain-verified digital qualifications to reduce fraudulent university and job applications, and increase social mobility by allowing employers to verify all applicants’ grades without third-party agencies.”

The partnership between IOHK and the Ethiopian government will initially benefit 3,500 schools, 5 million students, and 750,000 teachers as part of the country’s digital transformation strategy.

In the future, the blockchain-based national identity system for teachers and students could benefit tertiary educational

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