The size of the global blockchain market is expected to grow from $ 4.93 billion in 2021 to over $ 200 billion by 2028. Yet over the past four decades, the gender gap in technology has widened, with only one in five women working in the industry today.
To that end, the blockchain and crypto platform Binance and the non-profit organization Women in Tech have teamed up to bridge the aforementioned gap. The two organizations are planning to offer more career opportunities to women in the blockchain.
Now, Binance Charity, Binance’s philanthropic arm, has donated $ 250,000 to fund a 6-month pilot project to provide blockchain training to 2,800 women from vulnerable communities in Brazil and Africa.
The funds will play an essential role in empowering 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 the month. of October this year.
Providing professional training for the huge career opportunities that will open up within the blockchain industry for women is a shared goal of Binance and Women in Tech.
Courses will be offered in classes of 25 to young women aged 15-25 by qualified trainers in person, online or in hybrid mode. Web3 courses will be designed by Binance Academy and adapted to suit the local context. Courses will include:
● Fundamentals of Blockchain
● Fundamentals of cryptocurrency
● Web3 and the Metaverse
A hybrid model of distance and face-to-face learning will be used and women will be able to train to pursue a career in blockchain regardless of their existing development skills.
Lessons will be designed for absolute beginners and will include skills such as web development, front-end development, full-stack and complete Blockchain module development.
The Brazilian pilot program will take place in Morro dos Prazeres, Rio de Janeiro, for one of the first cohorts of 50 women, over the next five months another 300 women will be enrolled in the program across the country.
The South African driver will take place in Cape Town at the Philippi Village Tech Hub in the Philipp Township for another 50 women.
Over the six months, further programs will be implemented in Zambia, Nigeria, Senegal, Morocco, Burundi, KenyaGhana and Ivory Coast.
“Binance believes that the future of cryptocurrencies must be built by everyone, not a few, so we are creating certified courses and removing financial barriers for women, especially those in vulnerable communities to study and train. 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.