- High school Bitcoin education is launching in Argentina with the Schools and Bitcoin Project.
- The program will begin with 40 schools with almost 4,000 students expected to participate.
- Argentina has suffered at the hands of hyperinflation leading to the country becoming the second-highest adopter of cryptocurrency in Latin America.
Bitcoin education is launching for high school students in Argentina, according to a press release from Paxful.
A non-governmental organization by the name of Bitcoin Argentina has partnered with Paxful and the Built With Bitcoin Foundation to educate students about Bitcoin. The program named Schools and Bitcoin will include students from 40 different schools.
“Education at every level is crucial to the next wave of global Bitcoin adoption,” said Ray Youssef, Founder and CEO of Paxful. “We’re thrilled to work with NGO Bitcoin Argentina and the Built With Bitcoin Foundation to support a movement that focuses on youth and shares the power of Bitcoin as a peer-to-peer financial tool for masses.”
Jimena Valone, institutional development coordinator for Bitcoin Argentina and lead of the Schools and Bitcoin Project, said “There is a desire to innovate, to know what is happening with Bitcoin and blockchain, to train and learn.”
Valone continued to explain “All this was the starting point to start thinking about the project, which begins with 40 schools, but we hope to have a great number. It is designed to serve more and more educational institutions, of various characteristics and regions.”
A report from Chainalysis shows that Argentina is ranked second in Latin America for the adoption of cryptocurrencies, following Venezuela. Argentina also ranks tenth globally. The diverse regions of Argentina will be represented by the 4,000 students expected to take part in the program.
“The content used will be varied, changing with each school. Argentina is a diverse country, so it is necessary to think about each context when introducing the material,” said Valone.
In April, Reuters reported Argentina was experiencing an inflation rate of over 55%, and in 2019, a policy was imposed on the citizens of Argentina that limited the amount of pesos that could be exchanged for U.S. Dollars ($200 per month).
Valone addressed the issues of uncontrollable inflation and centralized monetary measures saying:
“Decentralized financing has benefits and advantages that go beyond the macroeconomic situation of a region, such as Argentina and inflation. Financial independence, for example, is one of those advantages. Finance is inherent in life.”