A number of educators have completed the Blockchain Essentials Teach-the-Teacher course hosted by the Bahamas Blockchain Business School (BBS), a nonprofit dedicated to providing educational experiences about emerging technologies, including blockchain, Web 3.0, artificial intelligence, and other 21st century human skills.
The virtual course introduced the educators to foundational blockchain concepts.
The course included modules on blockchain concepts, practical blockchain solutions and useful cases illustrating how the infrastructure can be used to organize, store and share data among individuals and organizations across various industries.
Minarda Thompson-Powell, Capstone Academy principal, said she participated in the course to be able to give her students an opportunity to have knowledge that they don’t give to students in the typical high school curriculum.
Sharleen Hanson, Boost Academy director, said when they learned about the Blockchain Teach-the-Teacher program, they were keen to participate.
“We see Boost Academy as a school that stays ahead of the curve when it comes to innovative concepts like blockchain and felt it important to stay on top of this technology ourselves, so that we could confidently roll out the course to our staff,” said Hanson. “We are grateful to have had the opportunity to learn with other leaders in education.”
Lakeisha Rolle, founder of The Financial Academy, described the course as well structured and included easy-to-follow modules on blockchain concepts, practical blockchain solutions and useful cases illustrating how the infrastructure can be used to organize, store and share data among individuals and organizations across various industries.
Founder Rhonda Eldridge and others in the community launched BBS in 2019 to bring community-building virtual learning through webinars and e-learning courses to students in underserved communities. Eldridge said the organization aims to put a dent in the widening digital divide invariably impacting low-income families in The Bahamas and globally.
“We discovered as we reached out to neighborhood schools in the East Street South community several years ago that teachers wanted to be more familiar with blockchain and that access and inclusion were barriers to entry and participation. This learning inspired us to share more tech knowledge and resources with teachers, one of our most significant community stakeholders,” said Eldridge. “The Blockchain Essentials Teach-the-Teacher course is the first of a suite of courses we will roll out specifically designed to empower educators.”
In 2015, Eldridge, a veteran alternative investment authority, became interested in blockchain. Driven by her fascination, she joined a RegTech Blockchain firm. She began sharing how blockchain would transform the alternative investment industry with many not-yet-convinced and puzzled finance professionals, investment banks, and asset managers.
Throughout her career, Eldridge has led various teams in the alternative investment space throughout the Americas.
As a blockchain knowledge source and enthusiast, Eldridge is leading the charge to decentralize digital knowledge in The Bahamas and worldwide.
“At BBS, we have a community-building mindset grounded in the model ‘by community for community’ and will do everything we can to bridge the digital divide and help develop the next generation of Bahamian blockchain and Web 3.0 experts,” said Eldridge.