Africa Blockchain Institute To Open Rwanda’s First Blockchain School In 2020
Africa Blockchain Institute To Open Rwanda’s First Blockchain School In 2020
December 28, 2019
Africa Blockchain Institute To Open Rwanda’s First Blockchain School In 2020
Africa Blockchain Institute To Open Rwanda’s First Blockchain School In 2020
December 28, 2019

The Africa Blockchain Institute (ABI) will open Rwanda’s first blockchain school in 2020, offering five new courses for local developers, professionals, and policymakers.

On December 26, it has been reported that Kayode Babarinde, the Executive Director of ABI, revealed that the new school has five key courses in the pipeline: a blockchain essentials certification course, a blockchain developers’ course, an enterprise blockchain course, blockchain for lawyers and blockchain for impact.

However, Babarinde told that the ABI laid the foundation for its work in Rwanda by running a pilot phase for the school in Ghana, where it launched the inaugural class for a blockchain essentials certification course. 

While the five-course areas had already been broadly sketched out ahead of the pilot in Ghana, the school’s curriculum has now been rehauled and updated on the basis of the responses and experiences of course participants.

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Likewise, Babarinde said that the support and cooperation of the Blockchain DLT Rwanda Association, and Norbert Haguma, the Chairman of ABI, has been a key factor in its decision to launch the school in the country. 

He added:

“Every technology company is looking for an enabling environment to serve the continent. This means supportive policies, resource management, and visibility for the market. All these make Rwanda stand out in Africa.”

While noting the need to foster the development of blockchain implementations locally, Babarinde said that this should not imply an aversion to cooperating with overseas initiatives in the sector.  

He also said that as an emerging technology with a still-growing community, international collaboration and partnerships remain key to sustaining the adoption of blockchain across the continent.

Alongside education, part of the ABI’s core activities is the development of recommendations for strengthening Africa’s regulatory framework for blockchain and cryptocurrencies, in close cooperation with the Blockchain DLT Rwanda Association.

Moreover, Babarinde noted that a robust regulatory framework will be key to reducing the traction of cryptocurrency-related scams, alluding to recent “unsolicited activities” in East Africa.

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Thus, earlier this month, the blockchain associations of Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Kenya issued a joint statement warning the public against these risks. 



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