Schools in Kyrgyzstan Get Better Internet Access Thanks To UNICEF

Dennis Wafula

March 7, 2019

The United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund, UNICEF, is a non-profit children’s organisation that works in over 180 countries and territories across the globe to help save children’s lives, defend their rights, and help them fulfil their potential. UNICEF was created in 1946 by the United Nations Assembly following the end of World War II.

Since then, the international children’s charity has worked hard towards finding better ways of improving their charity projects. Utilizing the blockchain technology has brought about some really amazing improvements on the platform.

Blockchain and the Internet

The platform came up with an Innovation Fund last year, with an aim to invest $100,000 in six start-up companies to help solve challenges using blockchain technology. The six companies will build prototypes and systems for global problems like transparency in health-care delivery, affordable access to mobile phone connectivity, and the ability to direct finances and resources to social-impact projects.

For Instance, through the 100k fund project; the platform’s team, Utopixar, came up with a decentralized blockchain technology platform, through which people and organisations can work together on initiatives addressing social and environmental problems called the Coinsence project late last year. Utopixar allows communities to issue, distribute, as well as exchange their own impact tokens.

Asides from Utopixar, the other five companies include; the software lab, Atix Labs, Onesmart, Statwig, W3 Engineers and Prescrypto, an app for doctors, clinics and pharmacies that can create, send and track electronic prescriptions.

A Better ‘Internet Generation’

Today, UNICEF together with the Government of Kyrgyzstan has decided to explore blockchain technology so as to provide internet access to every school in the country. According to Munir Mammadzade, Deputy Representative for UNICEF Kyrgyzstan, the team is still in the “early stages of exploring a blockchain-based solution for the Project Connect Initiative’’ in the country. Munir stated that;

“The government is working with UNICEF and the private sector to connect every school in the country to the Internet and provide access to information and opportunity to all young people.’’

Project Connect is an ongoing venture inside UNICEF’s Office of Innovation that was initially founded through an investment by the Founder and Executive Chairman of OneWeb, Greg Wyler. With this project, UNICEF aims to engage as many schools as they can in Kyrgyzstan and explore the use of blockchain for improving and monitoring internet connectivity levels.

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