To provide support and free blockchain courses to 2,800 women from vulnerable communities across Brazil and Africa Binance Charity, the philanthropic arm of Binance, has teamed up with Women in Tech to deliver a flagship global partnership.
They came up with a pilot project to empower women with the knowledge and skills to thrive in a Web3 future, with the first courses taking place in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, and Cape Town, South Africa, in October and for that they have decided to donate $250,000 BUSD for the project.
In 2021 the size of the global blockchain market is expected to grow from $4.93 billion to more than $200 billion by 2028. Yet, with only one woman in every five people working in the industry, the gender gap in tech has widened.
“Providing professional training to the massive career opportunities set to open within the blockchain industry for women is a shared goal of Binance and Women in Tech – an international non-profit organisation with a mission to close the gender gap across the tech sector,” stated Helen Hai VP of Binance.
She also believes that the future of crypto should be built by all, “We’re creating certified courses and removing financial barriers for women, especially those from vulnerable communities, to study and train,” she explained. Meanwhile, she also mentioned that “It is important to us at Binance and Women in Tech that quality blockchain education, innovation, and research opportunities are within everyone’s reach.”
These courses are offered to empower young girls and women from the age of 15 to 25 by qualified trainers in person, online or in a hybrid mode. The Web3 courses will be designed by Binance Academy and adapted to meet the local contexts. The courses will include the followings:
•Web3 and the metaverse
Keep in mind the classes are designed for freshers or beginners and will include skills such as web development, front-end development, full-stack development and complete with the blockchain modules. Ayumi Moore Aoki, founder and CEO of Women in Tech believes, “Education can truly transform lives.”
The Brazil pilot programme will take place in Morro dos Prazeres, Rio de Janeiro, for one of the first cohorts of 50 women. The South Africa pilot will take place in Cape Town at the Philippi Village Tech Hub in the Philipp Township for an additional 50 women. Moreover, the programmes will be rolled out across Zambia, Nigeria, Senegal, Morocco, Burundi, Kenya, Ghana, Ivory Coast over the following six months.
This project is part of the Binance Scholar Program, which has assured that it will provide ongoing educational and professional support to students once they complete their courses. The global programme was launched last month with the IT Generations project, offering 1,000 Ukrainians full scholarships to study tech-related courses.