Africa Blockchain Alliance (ABA) had announced earlier in the year, February to be exact, that the Africa Blockchain Developer Program was launched in partnership with ConsenSys Academy. ConsenaSys is a market-leading blockchain technology company and the academy is their educational arm. Developers in Africa had been availed the opportunity to acquire skills that will make them grounded developers that are ready for the blockchain industry. It is also supposed to empower participants with tools that they can leverage to solve problems in the continent and world at large.
From February last year, students of the first batch had enrolled in the program and would be graduating this month. Applications for the second cohort commences in August. Different from the first time, Africa Blockchain Alliance has set out this time to allow a larger number of developers and country representation. Scholarships will also be awarded to some of the participating developers. The scholarships are sponsored by a $10,000 grant from ConsenSys Grants, as announced in May at the 2019 Ethereal Summit in New York.
The program has an in-person session available to select cities while online sessions are open for other cities. Mentors are assigned to the developers who have regular meetings to tutor them or answer questions. Added to that is an online forum with over 2,000 developers who are all current and past developers trained by Consensys Academy for networking and other related reasons. As the last run, this cohort will take courses for about 3 months.
Graduates are, then issued certificates on the Ethereum blockchain when they complete the program successfully and an opportunity to work on blockchain projects in Africa and around the world.
“Three months ago, I joined the first cohort of the Africa Blockchain Developer Program. It gave me the opportunity to learn more about Ethereum blockchain development. I learned to develop solidity smart contracts and I built my own decentralized application using solidity and truffle. Thanks to Africa Blockchain Alliance for giving me the opportunity to be part of this program. I highly recommend it to every African developer interested in blockchain development.” one of the students Wael Yousfi (Tunisia) said.