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ConsenSys, the blockchain firm founded by Ethereum co-founder Joseph Lubin, has announced a new initiative that will help add more meat to the famed One Million Arab Coders program.

Run by the Dubai Future Foundation, the One Million Arab Coders program aims to impart coding skills and education in interested youths from across the region. ConsenSys’ contribution to the program will be a 12-week Ethereum blockchain development curriculum for people with little to no prior exposure to blockchain technology. As part of its commitment, ConsenSys will contribute $1,000 to cover the cost of the program, which will be headed by experts with a firm grip on the still-nascent technology. It will accept 1,000 applicants, who will then be provided with functional knowledge on blockchain technology and its use cases.

ConsenSys made its debut in the Gulf region a couple of years back in 2016. Over this short span of existence in the area, the company has grown leaps and bound. Its pledge to support the One Million Arab Coders program is a mutually beneficial arrangement that will enable the company to spot emerging talents in the blockchain sector. “As a venture production studio and blockchain software development company, we understand the shortage of developers in this space and are committed to helping build the next-generation of Arabs through learning and development of blockchain technology,” said Lina Hediah, Director, ConsenSys MENA.

She added: “By providing the Arab world with access to programming courses and high-level expertise, we are empowering the participants, both students, and tutors, with a skillset imperative to the successful technological transformation of Dubai and the region, thus making a significant impact.”