Binance Charity, the philanthropic arm of Binance – the world’s leading cryptocurrency and blockchain infrastructure provider, and Utiva – a technology education company in Africa that helps young people learn tech skills, today announced that they have selected the 1,000 Africans who will be taking part in a free 1-year intensive skill training programme. The scholarship year is set to kick-off on January 29, 2023, with a virtual launch day.
As unemployment rises across the continent, Binance and Utiva remain committed to providing digital education that enables more Africans to explore global career opportunities and secure roles as tech professionals.
This scholarship programme has enrolled young Africans between the ages of 18-35 from 19 countries, providing them with a platform to learn technology skills over a 12-month duration. Classes have been designed for beginners in collaboration with Binance Academy; and include skills such as web development, front-end development, full-stack development, cloud computing and blockchain modules.
Binance Academy will further support this initiative by providing Web3 crash-course content to students, and offering live and recorded training sessions to Utiva instructors. Upon completion of the programme, students will be awarded an NFT certificate as digital & verifiable proof of having successfully completed the programme.
“Today, we’re celebrating the 1,000 students selected for full scholarships as part of our Binance Charity Scholar Programme. This is our most ambitious education outreach to date in the region and the overwhelming positive response further bolsters Africa as a key hub for emerging tech talent. We’re so excited for these young people as they embark on an exciting new career-journey,” said Helen Hai, VP of Binance and Head of Binance Charity.
Angela Naa Yaboley Okantey, a Ghanaian scholar, said: “I am very excited to have been selected for this scholarship programme because it will provide me with financial support and opportunities to pursue my professional goals in the tech space, as well as interact with other like-minded individuals. Overall, I believe that this scholarship will be an invaluable investment in my future and enable me to be a part of an industry reshaping the world”.
Renee Ovwigho, a Nigerian scholar, said: “I am thrilled with this opportunity because it will push me toward a successful career in Data Analysis. With many industries adopting blockchain technology recently, this will enable me to learn and provide me with the opportunity to make meaningful contributions to society”.
Miracle C. Amakom, a Cameroonian scholar, said: “As an engineering student, I’ve been on the lookout for reputable programmes to get great training and professional development; and I am super-excited to be a part of this. Looking forward to my journey of becoming a full stack developer like this has always been my passion”.
The programme includes students from Nigeria, Senegal, Ghana, Cameroon, South Africa, Rwanda, Kenya and more. The collaboration aims at building a path to economic prosperity for the continent, through skill training and access to vast job opportunities in the technology and Web-3 sectors.
This project is part of the wider Binance Charity Scholar Programme, enabling the next generation of digital leaders to develop their skills, knowledge and experience without financial barriers. Applications to study as part of this programme have surpassed 80,000 worldwide since June last year.
Binance is the world’s leading blockchain ecosystem and cryptocurrency infrastructure provider, with a financial product suite that includes the largest digital asset exchange by volume. Trusted by millions worldwide, the Binance platform is dedicated to increasing the freedom of money for users – and features an unmatched portfolio of crypto products and offerings: including trading and finance, education, data and research, social good, investment and incubation, decentralisation and infrastructure solutions, and more. For more information, visit: https://www.binance.com.
Binance Charity is a non-profit organisation dedicated to the advancement of blockchain-enabled philanthropy toward achieving global sustainable development. Binance Charity aims to transform philanthropy by developing a 100% transparent donation platform based on blockchain to build a future where technology innovation is used to end all forms of poverty and inequality, advance sustainable development and ensure that no one is left behind. To date, Binance Charity has supported over 2 million end-beneficiaries through various projects. For more information, visit: https://www.binance.charity/
Binance Academy is a leading blockchain and cryptocurrency education platform featuring hundreds of hours of content on blockchain, cryptocurrency, Web-3 and more. Launched in 2018, it serves millions of learners across the world in more than 25 languages. All content on Binance Academy is completely free.
With no advertisements, no requirement for payment or registration, everyone can learn at their own pace – and even earn free crypto through learning by taking part in the Learn and Earn programme. Other educational initiatives of Binance Academy include the University Outreach Programme, Student Ambassador Programme, partnerships with top online learning platforms, professional associations, industry alliances and others.