A virtual course on Bitcoin (BTC), blockchains and cryptocurrencies aimed at Salvadorans was launched by the Platzi digital education academy.
The course has been available since last September 6 at the academy page, and can be done not only by Salvadorans, but by anyone geographically located in El Salvador .
Ingrid Zuñiga, Director of Communications of Platzi, spoke with CriptoNoticias about this initiative that arose with the approval of the Bitcoin Law in El Salvador:
The initiative arose when El Salvador approved the Bitcoin Law. At Platzi we saw an opportunity to continue educating in technology and to be part of this history that marks a milestone in Latin America. From our experience we decided to support the digital education efforts of Salvadorans and anyone who is physically in El Salvador.
Ingrid Zuñiga, Communications Director at Platzi.
The course program, which CriptoNoticias had access to, includes explanations about what a blockchain network is, what decentralization is, how it works a Bitcoin transaction, what is the Bitcoin Law of El Salvador and the character of BTC as legal tender in that country.
In addition, they explain that Bitcoin can be an excellent means of payment, but also a tool that financially empowers people , among other technical and economic foundations.
The course is taught by Ángela Ocando , director of the courses on Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies at Platzi, who shared her objectives with this program for people in El Salvador:
Approaching a financial technology topic was a great challenge, so the objective was to explain from the basics of bitcoin, the concepts and the language to how this currency works as a means of payment in a simple way to so that all people have the opportunity to be part of this.
Ángela Ocando, Course Director of the School of Bitcoin and Blockchain.
Chivo, wallets and security in Bitcoin
Also, in the course they clarify important points to use the Chivo wallet, created by the government, and which has been a matter of confusion for some Salvadorans.
For example, they detail that Chivo is not the only wallet that can be used in the country : each user can use the wallet of their choice.
In this sense, they include information on how to manage security of our wallet, based on standards of use throughout the ecosystem.
Using a password manager, antivirus software and maintaining good security habits when browsing the Internet, are some of the tips they give .
Educating about Bitcoin involves all sectors of society
Ingrid Zuñiga commented to CriptoNoticias that this initiative and the course design were carried out by Platzi , although the Ministry of Innovation of the Government of El Salvador is aware of and supports this virtual course for citizens.
To bring education we will always need institutions. Our mission is to turn Latin America into a digital economy with talent to export and, to achieve this, we need to work with all sectors: public and private institutions, academia, and companies.
Ingrid Zuniga, Communications Director at Platzi.
Platzi has other courses on cryptocurrencies and blockchains, previously launched publicly , to which this one on Bitcoin joins, only for people in El Salvador.
They also have available one on trading and another course on non-fungible tokens (NFT), which, unlike the course For Salvadorans, they are subject to a basic cost to study on the platform.
Likewise, the course “Bitcoin for El Salvador” can be done by other people outside of that country if they pay for the Platzi membership.
For its part, the government of El Salvador, chaired by Nayib Bukele, launches its own state educational campaign , in the midst of protests against the Law. This campaign also has its milestones such as having the first advertisement about Bitcoin made by a government.
Other campaigns to educate about Bitcoin are also taking place by other organizations in El Salvador, as we have reported in CriptoNoticias.