Paris, France, January 27, 2023, Chainwire

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 technological skills, announced today that they have selected the 1,000 Africans who will participate in a free intensive 1-year skills training program. The scholarship year will begin on January 29, 2023 with a virtual launch day.

As unemployment rises across the continent, Binance and Utiva remain committed to providing digital education to enable more Africans to explore global career opportunities and secure roles as technology professionals. This scholarship program has enrolled young Africans between the ages of 18-35 from 19 countries, providing them with a platform to learn technological skills in a period of 12 months. The classes have been designed in collaboration with Binance Academy for complete beginners 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 by offering live and recorded training sessions to Utiva instructors. Upon completion of the program, students will receive an NFT certificate as digital, verifiable proof of successful completion of the program.

“Today, we are celebrating the 1,000 students selected for full scholarships as part of our Binance Charity Scholar Program. This is our most ambitious education outreach to date in the region and the overwhelming positive response further reinforces Africa as a key hub for emerging tech talent. We are very excited for these young men as they embark on an exciting new career journey.” said Helen Hai, Vice President of Binance and Director of Binance Charity.

Angela Naa Yaboley Okantey, a Ghanaian academic, said: “I am very excited to have been selected for this scholarship program because it will provide me with financial support and opportunities to pursue my career goals in the tech space, as well as interact with other like-minded individuals. Overall, I believe this scholarship would be an invaluable investment in my future and allow me to be part of an industry that is reshaping the world.”

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Renee Ovwigho, a Nigerian academic, said: “I am delighted with this opportunity because it would push me towards a successful career in data analysis. With many industries adopting blockchain technology recently, this would allow me to learn and give me the opportunity to make meaningful contributions to society.”

Miracle C. Amakom, a Cameroonian scholar, said: “As an engineering student, I have been looking for accredited programs for great training and career development and I am very excited to be a part of this. I look forward to my journey to become a full stack developer as this has always been my passion.”

The program includes students from Nigeria, Senegal, Ghana, Cameroon, South Africa, Rwanda, Kenya, and more. The collaboration aims to build a path to economic prosperity for the continent through training and access to extensive job opportunities in the technology and Web3 sectors.

This project is part of the broader Binance Charity Scholar Program, which enables the next generation of digital leaders to develop their skills, knowledge, and experience without financial barriers. Applications to study as part of this program have exceeded 80,000 worldwide since June last year.


Tal Dotan

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