Paxful, a Peer-to-Peer Bitcoin Marketplace to Commence School Construction in Nigeria
Paxful, a global peer-to-peer bitcoin marketplace, has announced that they will be building a fourth school in its Built with Bitcoin’s 100-school initiative which aims to bring quality education centers to emerging countries.
Located in Nigeria, the school will come fully equipped with a state-of-the-art solar-powered and water well system.
The new school will be built in the Ankara Nandu community of Sanga Local in Nigeria and will serve an estimated 100-120 children between the ages of three to six years old. Home to roughly 4,000 people, the city currently has only one school facility which is being used for both primary and secondary school purposes.
“We chose this particular community because of the limited resources and school infrastructure,” says Ray Youssef, CEO and co-founder of Paxful. “They are in dire need of quality learning spaces and this school is an honest representation of the impact Bitcoin can have on societies as a whole, and more specifically, how it can enhance education.”
The new school will double as an adult learning space in the evenings assisting in providing hundreds of people with a supplemental education. In response to safety requirements associated with COVID-19, The company will also provide Personal Protective Equipment for all teachers and students including face-masks and hand sanitizers.
Earlier in September, the company revealed (https://bit.ly/35Vrj88) its business expansion into Nigeria, their leading market in Africa in terms of volume and number of users. To strengthen operations and cement a physical presence in the country, Paxful appointed Nena Nwachukwu as Regional Manager for Nigeria.
Movement to empower education in Africa
Supporting over 400 students at present, Paxful’s #BuiltwithBitcoin initiative began in 2017 with partner Zam Zam Water, a humanitarian organisation devoted to eradicating poverty by providing clean, sustainable water and access to quality education to villages across the globe. The first two schools were built in Rwanda and the third school was built in Mukalala Village in Machakos County in Kenya earlier this year.
Through the 100-school plan, the company expects to bring education to nearly 15,000 young people throughout Africa while providing jobs to nearly 300 teachers. All schools, including the newest location in Nigeria, come with water filtration systems, not just to supply the locals, but also to give them an opportunity to sell the water to their local community at a very affordable price.
All the schools are also equipped with solar panels to cut spends on electricity and bypass regular electricity cuts. Paxful covers all fees associated with running a school including teacher and support staff salaries, bills for electricity and water as well as school supplies and uniforms for the students.
Supporting ongoing development and tracking success
All the completed schools under the #BuiltwithBitcoin initiative are progressing and performing very well as the company remains committed in providing the necessary tools and opportunity for the students to succeed. Continuous upgrades are made, and maintenance of the schools are monitored.
The passing rates within these schools have been higher as the confidence of the students are boosted with each child receiving their own textbooks in addition to basic school stationery supplies. Usually students share handbooks and textbooks and leave them at the school for use by other students.
As the communities always have more students than what the schools’ capacity can cater for, the initiative adopted a two-tier class approach, by having all the schools provide classes in four-hour blocks in the mornings and in the afternoons. This helps to support the highest number of students possible and not allow the quality of education to be affected. Desk space has also been limited to two to three students per bench to facilitate a healthy teaching environment.
Understanding the important role, they play in the success of the schools and learning journeys of the students, teachers and educators at these schools are also paid 15% above the national average of their salary, respective to their country.
“Each one of our schools follows the curriculum of their respective ministry of education. All textbooks, guidelines, and calendars fulfill all necessary requirements for testing and progress. Local officials have been supportive of the initiative’s efforts as we simply want the students to be able to succeed and graduate onto higher education by ensuring their educational foundation is strong and capable,” adds Youssef.
Aside from building schools, #Builtwithbitcoin has also supported a number of other philanthropic causes in various countries including Kenya and South Africa.
Pizza Hut Joins Burger King, Church’s Chicken to Accept Crypto Payments in Venezeuela
Pizza Hut has joined other global fast-food chains like Burger King and Church’s Chicken already accepting crypto payments in Venezuela.
This was confirmed by a crypto services firm, CryptoBuyer, on November 27 after pizza Hut stores in the South American nation partnered with Mega Soft to drive adoption in Venezuela by encouraging crypto payments in its over 20,000 shops and businesses in the country.
“Pizza Hut nowadays cannot be detached from these technological advances and all those incorporating new approaches for daily necessities,” said Richard ElKhouri, General Director for Venezuelan operations of the pizza chain, in an interview with local news outlet ElAxioma. “It is important that we accommodate young people, modern adults, and people technologically knowledgeable.”
According to Elkhouri, customers can buy pizza with Bitcoin (BTC), Litecoin (LTC), Dash (DASH), Binance Coin (BNB), Binance USD (BUSD), Ether (ETH), Tether (USDT), Dai (DAI), and its native token XPT.
This will further help deepen cryptocurrency adoption in the country and across the South American region.
Bitcoin Rebounds; Gained 7 Percent to $18,116 Per Coin Amid Renewed Demand
Bitcoin recovered most of its lost ground in the last 24 hours after dropping about $3,000 from $19,400 it exchanged a week ago to $16,800 per coin.
The world’s most dominant cryptocurrency gained 7.01 percent to close at $18,116.31 per coin on Monday morning at 8:46 am Nigerian time.
Investors jumped on the digital currency after Guggenheim Funds Trust filed an amendment with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to allow its Macro Opportunities Fund to invest as much as 10 percent or $500 million of its $5 billion net asset in Bitcoin through Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC).
The news bolstered Bitcoin attractiveness as cryptocurrency investors interpreted as a new capital inflow that could aid the coin above the $20,000 per coin obstacle or resistance.
According to the amendment filed: “The Guggenheim Macro Opportunities Fund may seek investment exposure to bitcoin indirectly through investing up to 10% of its net asset value in Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (“GBTC”), a privately offered investment vehicle that invests in bitcoin. To the extent the Fund invests in GBTC, it will do so through the Subsidiary.”
Cryptocurrency: Facebook Owned Libra to Launch Stablecoin in January 2021
Facebook Inc led Libra Association is planning to launch Libra stablecoin pegged to only the United States Dollar as early as January 2021, according to three anonymous people quoted by the Financial Times.
The stablecoin was initially proposed to be pegged to a basket of multiple currencies before the group faced several setbacks after the US parliament pressure Facebook on data breach and other issues that allegedly allowed Russia to meddle in the 2016 US presidential election.
The social media giant has now cut down on its ambition to focus on US dollar-pegged stablecoin in an effort to reduce regulatory bottleneck.
PayPal Inc., one of the first members of Libra Association that pulled out after regulators increased scrutiny on Facebook operations, has since started a cryptocurrency exchange business.
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