UNICEF in talks with Kyrgyzstan government over use of blockchain in schools

Blockchain technology could act as a solution to the issue of rural schools lacking internet access, according to an ongoing initiative by UNICEF and the Kyrgyzstan government

Children’s charity UNICEF is holding talks with the government of Kyrgyzstan over the potential use of blockchain technology to provide internet access to all schools in the country.

Due to the remote locations of many schools in Kyrgyzstan, around 5% cannot connect to the internet.

The initiative, which is called Project Connect, aims to find a solution to the lack of internet in more than 1,500 schools in Kyrgyzstan.

Project Connect will work with UNICEF to explore the use of blockchain technology for improving and monitoring internet connectivity throughout the country.

Last week, OneWeb sent six satellites into earth’s orbit with the aim of connecting schools in rural areas of the globe.

The Ministry of Education and Science partnered with UNICEF and OneWeb to connect a school in the mountain-locked Kotur-Suu village in Naryn.

“The geographical location of schools directly affects how children receive information in hard-to-reach regions of the Kyrgyz Republic. The school connectivity map helped to give a realistic assessment of the situation and mobilise the necessary resources to ensure that all children have access to online learning opportunities regardless of their location and status,” said Yukie Mokuo, representative of UNICEF in the Kyrgyz Republic, according to a press release.

This initiative is the latest in a long line of solutions that blockchain technology can offer in the education sector.

Last month, it was reported that Ripple had partnered with a number of top universities to start educating students on the impact of blockchain technology.

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