Kenya-based blockchain community Sankore has partnered with Swiss nonprofit NEAR Foundation to launch a regional hub that aims to develop talent within the region and build projects that aim to improve the local ecosystem.
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Sankore supports projects like Kilimo Shwari, which is a blockchain-based insurance program that helps farmers deal with natural disasters. Apart from this, the firm also supports Ledja, a project which focuses on combating fraudulent documentation within Africa by using NEAR Protocol for document verification.
The partnership will further these initiatives by developing talent within the region through its workshops. Kevin Imani, the founder of Sankore, said that they are “thrilled to be working with NEAR to educate and nurture talented individuals” and support their journeys to become blockchain developers.
Sankore also runs meetups, where they educate younger Kenyans about Web3. This will also also be supported by the partnership with NEAR. As the hub becomes formalized, its educational arm has also already tied up with local universities and currently has 84 students and six graduates who were certified as developers through NEAR workshops.
Marieke Flament, CEO of NEAR Foundation, said that they are also “excited by the potential avenues throughout Africa for blockchain solutions.” Flament mentioned that the partnership gives the firm an opportunity to find and partner with talents within the region.