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.
“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