Hardware cryptocurrency wallet company Trezor is extending its global commitment to Bitcoin education with the official launch of the Trezor Academy in Africa. The initiative was unveiled at the Africa Bitcoin Conference in Accra, Ghana, on Dec. 4, underscoring Trezor’s dedication to fostering Bitcoin awareness on the continent.
The Trezor Academy, initially piloted in 2023, aims to facilitate in-person meetups led by local Bitcoin experts and provide a platform for individuals across various African countries to delve into the potential of Bitcoin. The educational program, active in nations like Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon, Uganda, Burundi, and Kenya during its pilot phase, is set to expand its reach to over ten new African countries in 2024. Trezor plans to educate hundreds more local educators to amplify Bitcoin knowledge within these communities.
Matej Zak, CEO of Trezor, highlighted the significance of Bitcoin adoption in Africa, emphasizing its relevance for local initiatives such as payment schemes, microfinancing, and savings.
As part of its comprehensive education program, Trezor is also backing Bitcoineta, an innovative Bitcoin awareness campaign. Bitcoineta, a Bitcoin-themed vehicle, will traverse West African nations like Ghana, Togo, Benin, and Nigeria to promote Bitcoin awareness. Launched in 2018 by non-profits Bitcoin Argentina and Bitcoin Americana, the campaign has now been revitalized in collaboration with Trezor and Ghana’s Bitcoin education initiative, Bitcoin Cowries.
The Bitcoineta road trip commenced on Dec. 1, with a Bitcoineta-branded Land Rover touring the Economic Community of West African States. The journey aims to deliver the Bitcoin message to rural communities and schools across the region. Progress and updates on the campaign will be shared through official channels, including the Bitcoineta X account on social media platforms.
Trezor expressed gratitude to the Bitcoin community for their support, highlighting that the Trezor Academy became a reality due to contributions, including 21 euros from each sale of Trezor’s limited edition, Bitcoin-only version of the Trezor Safe 3 hardware wallet launched in October 2023.