UNICEF: Internet for schools worldwide thanks to Blockchain

The non-profit organization UNICEF is talking to the government of Kyrgyzstan about internet access for schools among others. Blockchain technology should help.

The United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, is a high-profile advocate of blockchain technology. The Project Connect initiative has enabled the organization to map more than 150,000 schools worldwide. It’s not just about knowing where the schools are. Rather, it is about ensuring the networking of schools and the provision of information on education and health.

Kyrgyzstan has some catching up to do

A comparatively blind spot on the resulting map is Kyrgyzstan. Of the 1,560 listed schools, almost half either do not have access to the Internet or they simply lack the survey data. Because part of the initiative is to set up a blockchainbasierte solution for improving and monitoring the Internet connection.

The Kyrgyz UNICEF representative Munir Mammadzade said:

 “We are at the beginning of a blockchain-based solution for the Project Connect Initiative in Kyrgyzstan, and the government is working with UNICEF and private companies to equip every school in the country with Internet, and all young people should have access to information and better opportunities. “

Especially on “the accelerated [and] crazy crypto-timescale, we get on with the work quickly,” says Chris Fabian, executive at UNICEF. So it can be assumed that the blockchain technology will pick up in the course of the year. As we reported earlier, UNICEF also implemented other blockchain projects, such as a mining-based donation site or a trust-based smart contract donation solution.

Assistance from start-ups

Of the total of six companies that have received funds from the UNICEF Innovation Fund, Fabian points to two that play a role in Project Connect. One is the Tunisian start-up Utopixar, a platform that “allows communities to generate, distribute and trade their own tokens.” These tokens could be used to target individuals or groups facing social and environmental challenges , donate. Thereafter, it is possible to exchange the tokens into other currencies or vouchers.

The other startup is called W3Engineers, a web development and consulting firm from Bangladesh that is “specifically interested in sharing a gigabyte,” says Fabian. So the team is trying to find a solution to buy or sell smaller units of digital information. However, this is particularly relevant in the calculation of the costs of the Internet connection in terms of Project Connect.

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