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IOHK, a blockchain research and development company in Hong Kong has announced a partnership with the Ethiopian government concerning its educational sector.

This partnership will implement a blockchain-based national students and teachers ID; and attainment recording system to digitally verify grades, remotely monitor school performance and boost nationwide education. Its aim is to give all students blockchain-verified digital qualifications that reduce fraudulent university and job applications and increase social mobility by allowing potential employers to verify all grades without third-party agencies.

According to IOHK, its Atala Prism ID, a decentralized identity solution, will enable authorities to create a tamper-proof record of educational performance for 5 million students, 750,000 teachers and 3,500 schools to pinpoint the locations and causes of educational under achievement while targeting educational resources effectively.

At the backdrop, the Ethiopian government is issuing all teachers and students with tablets and a dedicated internet network, giving all students instant access to their academic records; opening up higher education and employment for 80% of students who live in rural regions. Also, students ID will be paired with data from Learning Management Systems and harnessed by machine learning algorithms to drive personalised teaching, a dynamic curriculum, and data-driven policies and funding.

The blockchain-based national identity system is at the heart of Ethiopia’s Digital Transformation Strategy dubbed as “Digital Ethiopia 2025”. As the government is examining a wider adoption of IOHK Atala Prism for everything from blockchain-based ‘track-and-trace’ of small holder agricultural supply chains to digital IDs for transport and healthcare.

According to the Ethiopian government, this strategy seeks to drive the country’s transformation into one of the world’s middle-income countries through digitalisation of sectors such as agriculture, manufacturing and tourism.

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