The Built with Bitcoin Foundation (BWB) has opened a new Bitcoin Technology Center in Ejisu, Ghana, a city in Greater Kumasi, as a legacy for the inaugural Bitcoin Africa Conference. The center will be run by Ghanaians, for Ghanaians, according to a press release sent to Bitcoin Magazine.
BWB founders Ray Youssef and Yusuf Nessary plan to unveil the campus on Thursday, December 8, 2022, with a tour that will be attended by various members of the international Bitcoin community.
The Bitcoin Technology Center’s primary goal, according to the press release, “is to equip the local community with skills and knowledge in the finance and technology industries — it also aims to build community and foster a safe environment in which to learn.”
Support for the foundation comes from the Edwinase community, Blockchain Foundation Africa, and the Bitcoin community. Eight staff members will work there, including administrators and faculty.
The release details a number of different topics that will be taught at the center, including, “Financial literacy: understanding money”, “Introduction to Bitcoin”, “Entrepreneurship”, “Introduction”. about computers” and “Introduction to coding”.
The facility will be free to use and the center aims to educate and train about 400 people in the first year. In addition to the education and training provided, the site will serve as a venue for monthly meetups.
BWB is “a humanitarian organization dedicated to creating equal opportunity by providing clean water, access to quality education, sustainable farming, and humanitarian assistance—all provided by Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies,” according to the foundation’s website.
Built with Bitcoin has completed several humanitarian projects in the past, including an education center in South Africa in collaboration with Bitcoin Ekasione ferry for a school in El Salvador no previous access and a good project in nigeria provided clean water to more than 1,000 villagers.
On the importance of providing access to education to the community, Nessary states: “The foundation of any community is education – whether it is finance, health, agriculture, etc. Education is also key to protecting vulnerable communities from the bad guys and teaching people how Bitcoin can support them and their families through entrepreneurship, financial inclusion, knowledge and social empowerment.”