Is Education The only Way To Foster Adoption Of Cardano In Africa?

I’m a firm believer that people I’ll not adopt what they don’t understand or resonate with. But I’m open to learn other possible ways we could drive adoption in Africa.

We already have Proof of Africa(POA) PoA is a stakepool which represents Africa in the Cardano ecosystem. You can think of it as a stakepool-based adoption driver based in Africa. We want to contribute to the bootstrap of Cardano in Africa. - Ticker : PROOF

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Airdrops for Africa! :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye: :wink:

Ok I am joking, not sure if those ever helped anyone, I think that education is first and foremost going to drive adoption, and a reason to use Cardano compared to using other platforms will be the driving factor for someone to adopt it.

If you come up with some good idea’s I hope you remember to share them with us :slight_smile:

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In the case of mass adoption of Cardano in Africa, I don’t think education is the key. For one, it will be too expensive to educate the masses of Africans in about 52 different countries where there are multitude of different languages. Creating separate educational materials from country to country in many different languages is not economically viable. Secondly, the educational infrastructure in most African countries are not developed enough for mass propagation of information. Schools are not connected, insufficient competent educators, lack of resources, etc. For mass adoption to occur in Africa, Cardano needs useful DApps that have viral effects. Finding Dapps that provide real utilities to Africans in Africa, will massively accelerate the adoption of Cardano. It’s all about solving day-to-day problems faced by Africans. Using Cardano to improve the lives Africans will produce a viral effect which is financially cost effective.

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Sure buddy

A clear understanding through education of what Cardano is and how it can be a benefit to the many different regions is absolutely a must for the leaders that arise within Africa to assist in adoption, if the path excludes education then it will never succeed cause as you pointed out there are many languages, I am not speaking about education in schools etc. I am speaking about friends educating friends/peers/associates/family and whomever if there are not boots on the ground educating others about benefits with a clear understanding of the platform and its benefit than Cardano will simply be viewed as another cryptocurrency to choose from, education is very important my man, it does not need to be costly or include a burdensome curriculum yet clear communication of what the movement is about so that others in the region can grasp what it can do for them and those around them.

Yes trying to create a multi language learning center would be expensive, in short just create a few sparks in an area that needs a fire to create change and let the fire be fed with clear education.

I suppose there are other way’s also to promote adoption, like an up to date style of pokemango in African Languages with ADA as a Non-Fungible coin within the game, that would spark interest I am sure, and I bet there are other idea’s that would drive its adoption that exclude using traditional routes that are known to date.

I agree, for most people in Africa today who are now into crypto, their first introduction to crypto was as a result of the viral effect of Ponzi schemes which at the time were using BTC as means of payment.

Sorry if I sound like I am beating a dead horse. It’s not my intention. I am just a passionate African (software developer and blockchain enthusiast) in the blockchain/crypto space. I have seen and experienced the sufferings of growing up poor in Africa. I want Africans to massively be uplifted by blockchain applications. A wrong allocation of resources could minimize blockchain/crypto impact on Africans. I know you guys want the same using Cardano.

I agree with all of you that Cardano needs to embrace an aggressive education strategy that will serve as a catalyst for mass adoption in Africa. However, the idea that mass adoption in Africa hinges on retail education of the masses is not an economically viable strategy. Cardano currently has the right strategy. It’s a strategy that I term as the “wholesale approach”. Think of Cardano as a computer motherboard. It is not used directly by end users, even though the masses of end users have computers. The motherboard manufacturer advertises and educates distributors, and computer manufacturers (the wholesalers who create computers and distrbute motherboards). These players are wholesalers who directly use the motherboard. Most end-users buy prebuilt computers without knowing the internal motherboard. The same applies to Cardano. It needs only to educate the DApp developers, smart contracts authors government, and software companies that focus on solving problems in Africa.

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@DAPP360_MIKE I think we are on the same page and just approach it from a different angle :+1:

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I think the first factor to increase adoption, of anything anywhere, is make it mainstream. I’ve ever hated MSN, facebook and orkut, and was forced to join them because too many ppl were on them.

For cryptocurrency, its wallet needs to be very user friendly, must feel secure without requiring advanced knowledge, must protect users from hacks and scams.

That solved, we have the scalability issue. At least in Brasil, we have a handful of companies offering credit cards totally free of fees. Cryptocurrency won’t succeed if we have to pay fee for every transaction we do. I know it’s healthy for attracting nodes, but it scares users. And some networks are too slow which makes their fees expensive. Cardano is working nicely to make its blockchain scalable.

Then we have volatility issue. No company is willing to accept payments on a currency whose value change a lot. They receive a payment today and tomorrow it values 20% less and their profit is gone. Many companies had accepted BTC in the past, but used a middleman that would instantly convert BTC to USD and charged expensive fees. That makes adoption even harder and more expensive. The solution I see is inclusion of algorithmic stablecoins, as USDN and DAI. This way, ppl and companies can just use stablecoin instead of the main currency, to flee from volatility.

I also believe that stacking the main currency is the wrong path. That reduces market availability and increases its value, which scares ppl from joining when they see the currency is overvalued. That’s solved by the creation if a currency specific for stacking, node payment, governance, etc. Ppl willing to stack just buy that currency, and leave the main one free to be traded.

Then, for poor companies like we on South America and Africa, I think we must find cheaper wallet solution. Ppl who are really outside banking system don’t have PC or smart phones to be able to use a software wallet. Maybe there should be some sort chip card like credit cards, or even a paper, which stores would use to make transactions. I know these ideas are troubling, I just think we needed some sort of cheaper solution for ppl who don’t own a hardware to manage their wallet.

Education is great, but I don’t see it being able to increase adoption. Nobody will join a cryptocurrency just because they know how it works, if nobody else is using it and they have nowhere to use it for payment.

Poor ppl don’t have money to keep stacked, they just receive their salary and go spend it. In Brasil it’s still very common to withdraw whole salary on the first day and spend it all on the same week. :confused:

We need to take their use cases and needs in consideration to help them adopt Cardano.

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