Job seekers in the Bahamas will now be able to share and verify their school certificates from anywhere, thus reducing bureaucracy and increasing convenience.
This is after the Commonwealth of the Bahamas became the first country in Latin America and the Caribbean to implement a nationwide block-based credential system known as Bahamas Blockcerts, according to The Nassau Guardian. Through these nationally accredited digital certificates, the Caribbean country government aims to improve the way in which national educational qualifications, including certificates, academic qualifications and diplomas are created, published, verified.
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– IDB Caribbean / Caribe (@IDB_Caribbean) 3 August 2018
The first Bahamas Blockcert digital certificates were issued at the end of June by the country's National Training Agency (NTA) to 78 participants of an initiative designed to prepare trainees for the workforce.
Collection of links to digital certificates
their Bahamas Blockcert Portfolios on a & # 39; mobile app and this basically consists of a collection of URLs that uniquely identifies each digital certificate that an individual has earned.
Rather than requiring paper certificates anything that individuals with Bahamas Blockcerts will have to do is add the website links to their resumes. These links can also be sent to potential employers who will then be able to view and verify the authenticity of digital certificates. In the future, the NTA intends to issue digital blockchain certificates for all its training courses offered to unemployed citizens and those that add to their skills.
Currently, the Bahamas National Education Agency is the only institution that is issuing digital blockchain certificates although there are plans to add 23 national agencies to the project. Some of these agencies include the Bahamas Technical and Professional Institute, the Inland Revenue Department, the University of the Bahamas and the National Insurance Board.
Beyond Educational Certificates
In the future, the Bahamas Blockcerts initiative will be extended to other areas include tax compliance certificates, business licenses and other documents.
"We have piloted the initiative with the NTA, but the vision is to make sure that the Bahamas Blockcert constitute a fundamental part of the government's national Blockchain strategy", the Bahamian labor minister, Dion Foulkes, has told the Guardian of Nassau. "We are talking about the use of technology for citizens' security, improvement of the land register and a range of other initiatives."
As CCN has previously reported, similar initiatives in other parts of the world aimed at simplifying the verification of educational certificates and the use of blockchain was conducted among the other from the French academic institution, from Leonardo da Vinci engineering school and the Holberton School in San Francisco, California. In both cases, the use of the blockchain was considered safer, cheaper and more efficient than traditional methods of verification.
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