The University of Sierra Leone (USL) this week held a public engagement with Christex Foundation, a blockchain technology service provider situated at Fourah Bay College campus. The purpose of the engagement was for the USL administration, led by Vice-Chancellor and Principal Brig. Gen. Prof. Foday Sahr, to learn about the services and opportunities available for faculty members and students at Christex Foundation.
Colin Ogoo, the founder of Christex Foundation, provided an overview of the meeting and explained that the event aimed to showcase the various opportunities available at his facility, particularly for faculty members and students of USL. He emphasised that the collaboration between Christex Foundation and USL would position the university as a leader in innovation in Sierra Leone.
Mr. Ogoo shared that his foundation would provide free and basic software training to enable Sierra Leoneans to utilise blockchain technology and the various blockchain ecosystems. He also highlighted specific opportunities for faculty members and students of USL, including guaranteed paid internships for top-performing students at Christex Foundation. These internships would provide real-world exposure to blockchain applications while supporting students financially during their academic journey. Additionally, the foundation is introducing “paid bounties” or task-driven initiatives, offering students hands-on experience and the opportunity to earn while they learn.
Mr. Ogoo expressed his commitment to supporting Sierra Leone’s blockchain transformation and emphasised the importance of education and practical opportunities. He conveyed his intention to collaborate closely with USL to uplift individuals and further the broader goal of ensuring Sierra Leone’s leadership in the digital revolution.
In response, Mrs. Olive Kash Barrie, the Registrar of USL, expressed gratitude to Christex Foundation and all those involved in the initiative for providing this opportunity. She encouraged faculty members and students to actively engage with and take advantage of the available services. Mrs. Barrie also assured the foundation of USL’s willingness to explore further opportunities for collaboration.
This partnership between USL and Christex Foundation aims to build a brighter future for individuals and contribute to Sierra Leone’s digital revolution, with USL at the forefront.