The Ministry of Education of El Salvador and the nonprofit, nongovernmental organization Mi Primer Bitcoin (MPB), which translates as “My First Bitcoin,” have announced a partnership to add Bitcoin and crypto-related education into the public-school curriculum by the year 2024.
The core educational material for the Bitcoin courses will be sourced from the Mi Primer Bitcoin program, which awards students a diploma upon completion. The pilot program's training phase started on 7 September, with guidance from Bitcoin Beach – a project designed to secure a sustainable Bitcoin ecosystem in the country.
Approximately 150 public school teachers from 75 schools will undergo training to establish a foundational understanding of Bitcoin.
Following their training, these educators will return to their respective schools to teach using the curriculum developed by the Ministry of Education. If the pilot program proves successful, it is intended to be implemented in every school across the nation in the following year.
According to Bitcoin Beach, more than 25,000 students in El Salvador have already been introduced to Bitcoin in their classrooms. The project seeks to expand its ambition at global scale, targeting first the developing world.
A student showing her Bitcoin diploma. Credit: Bitcoin Magazine
MPB is in preliminary discussions with two other Latin American governments interested in implementing crypto education akin to that of El Salvador for their students.
If the initiative proves successful, crypto exchanges and blockchain organizations might embark on crypto literacy programs and financial web education.
Salvador President Nayib Bukele has been a vocal proponent of crypto adoption and has initiated various initiatives to integrate Bitcoin into the nation's economy.
El Salvador enacted a Bitcoin Law on 7 September 2021 and the Latin American country became the first to embrace bitcoin as a legal tender currency in the world.