Brooklyn girls learn about blockchain technology

A workshop at the V&A Waterfront used art to teach girls from Buren High School and Ysterplaat Primary School about blockchain technology.

Twenty schoolgirls from Brooklyn took part in a workshop on blockchain technology, which allows people and businesses to make secure transactions and do business online.

They also learnt about the metaverse, a system of linked virtual worlds where users communicate with images in the first person, and non-fungible tokens (NFTs), which prove ownership of a digital object such as a song, a painting or a video.

The DA and ward councillor Fabian Ah-Sing held the workshop at a V&A Waterfront art studio, on Tuesday December 6, for the Grade 6, 7, 8 and 9 pupils from Buren High School and Ysterplaat Primary School.

Ten girls from each school’s drum majorette programme took part in the workshop, said Mr Ah-Sing.

DA constituency head Cayla Murray said the workshop was meant to make blockchain technology more accessible and it focused on women’s empowerment as part of the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children Campaign.

Art created by the pupils at the workshop would be uploaded to the metaverse to teach the girls how they could potentially profit from it, she said.

“They are at an important point in their academic careers where they will soon have to start choosing their subjects and deciding on their career paths. It is my hope that today not only empowered them as women but also opened their minds to new career paths in tech,” she said.

The economy around blockchain technology was already growing rapidly in the Western Cape, she said.