Two Italian high schools will begin issuing unchangeable and easily shareable digital diplomas with the Ethereum’s blockchain public technology.
The measure, as reported by Cointelegraph Italia on March 12, seeks to make the entire process of issuance and traceability transparent, but above all, to solve a long-standing problem in the country: fake diplomas.
The mentioned schools are located in Rome and Crotone. The licei internazionali di Villa Flaminia in Rome will rely on a blockchain-based system developed by the EY company, while the l'Istituto d'Istruzione Superiore "M. Ciliberto - A. Lucifero" from Crotone has partnered with Blockchain Italia .
Fight against fake diplomas issuing
Regarding the initiative, Maria Chiara Sidori, head of Rome’s high school institute, said:
"This project can contribute to the elimination of information asymmetries with other bodies by allowing universities and companies to verify the veracity of the qualification claimed by any candidate."
Such technology will also allow educational institutions to notarize all the information regarding the student, the courses they will take and thus give them personalized follow-up, without running the risk of the registry being altered.
According to Sidori, this proposal will help to strengthen the existing teaching methods that involve continuous feedback between the teacher and the student, since this would standardize the process in real-time.
Blockchain solutions for schools affected by the coronavirus pandemic
The news comes amid the global emergency experienced by the coronavirus outbreak. Italy has become a new epicenter for the pandemic, with a death toll above 1,000 as of press time.
As Cointelegraph previously reported, blockchain-based education technology provider Odem announced the launch of a platform for Italian schools and universities affected by the Coronavirus.