Bitcoiners in El Salvador instruct 12-year-olds in the art of sending sats
In El Salvador, almost 25,000 students have been exposed to Bitcoin via educational opportunities.
Orange-pilling occurs when members of El Salvador’s Bitcoin Beach teach children as young as 12 how to submit their first Bitcoin transaction.
Leader in the Bitcoin Beach community Roman Martnez told Cointelegraph that he hopes teaching his disadvantaged students about Bitcoin, money, and the economy at a young age would give them a leg up in life.
Martnez said Bitcoin Beach offers after-school programmes to get youngsters started with Bitcoin. The smallest unit of Bitcoin is called a satoshi (or sat), and one Bitcoin (BTC) equals 100 million sats.
Despite many students’ initial notion that Bitcoin was difficult to master or exclusively for those studying economics, Martnez highlighted that students had embraced the technology.
“Once [they’re] willing to learn, it is so easy,” he said. He said Bitcoin Beach focuses heavily on financial education since Bitcoin, money, and banking are seldom covered in traditional educational settings.
“You don’t learn anything about finances in school. Every day, we make purchases, get wages, and build up savings, but nobody ever teaches us anything about money. People and families require financial education if they are to effect change.”
Martinez thinks Bitcoin is the “latest evolution of money,” and he thinks that if we educate young people about Bitcoin’s advantages, along with other valuable life skills, this might help them find better jobs in the future.
To put it another way, “if they know English, have computer skills, know about Bitcoin, and know about marketing, they can work remotely for anyone around the world,” he said. This is a huge opportunity that is available to everyone right now.
According to its whitepaper, Bitcoin Beach is a movement that aims to aid individuals who have been disenfranchised from the financial system so that Bitcoin may reach its full potential.
It was one of the first places in El Salvador to take Bitcoin, and it’s headquartered in the seaside town of El Zonte, about an hour’s drive southwest of the capital city of San Salvador.
My First Bitcoin, another El Salvadorian non-profit dedicated to spreading knowledge about Bitcoin, has assisted over 25,000 students in earning a “Bitcoin Diploma” via the country’s regular educational system.