Binance Charity and Women in Tech, a global women empowerment organization, announced their plans to provide blockchain education courses to 2,800 women from vulnerable communities across Brazil and Africa.
The pilot project, part of the Binance Scholar Program, is set to make its debut in Brazil’s Rio De Janeiro and South Africa’s Cape Town in October 2022 before entering Morocco, Zambia, Nigeria, Senegal, Burundi, Kenya, Ghana, and the Ivory Coast over the next six months.
Binance Charity has donated $250,000 BUSD for the six-month program that is expected to benefit 2,800 women across ten countries.
The project is set to offer online, hybrid, and in-person classes on blockchain and crypto fundamentals, decentralization, web3, and the Metaverse to small groups of 25 young women aged 15-25, enabling them to pursue a career in blockchain regardless of their developer skills.
The global blockchain market is expected to grow from $4.93 billion in 2021 to more than $200 billion by 2028. Yet, for the past four decades, the gender gap in tech has widened, with only one woman in every five people working in the industry today.
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 organization with a mission to close the gender gap across the tech sector.
“Binance believes the future of crypto should be built by all, not the few, so we’re creating certified courses and removing financial barriers for women, especially those from vulnerable communities, to study and train,” said Helen Hai, VP of Binance and Head of Binance Charity.
“It is important to us at Binance and Women-in-Tech that quality blockchain education, innovation, and research opportunities are within everyone’s reach,” said Helen Hai, VP of Binance and Head of Binance Charity.
Classes will be designed for complete beginners and will include skills such as web development, front-end development, full-stack development, and the Blockchain modules.
Ayumi Moore Aoki, founder and CEO of Women in Tech, said that “education can truly transform lives” and it “contributes to social justice [and] achievement of one’s full potential.”
“We look forward to our partnership with Binance, making blockchain education accessible to all, especially those women and girls who have been previously disadvantaged.”
This project is part of the Binance Scholar Program, which will provide ongoing educational and professional support to students once they complete their courses.
The global program was launched last month with the IT Generations project, offering 1000 Ukrainians full scholarships to study tech-related courses. The Binance Scholar Program hopes to enable the next generation of digital leaders to develop their skills, knowledge, and experience without financial barriers.