Salvadoran teenager becomes Bitcoin teacher, no longer earning ‘6 dollars a day’

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18-year-old Gerardo Moran explained in a series of tweets his journey back to his former high school in El Salvador, where he is now teaching senior professors about Bitcoin.

Salvadoran teenager becomes Bitcoin teacher, no longer earning ‘6 dollars a day’

A Salvadoran teenager shares his journey of completing El Salvador’s Bitcoin diploma program, Mi Primer Bitcoin, meaning My First Bitcoin. Now, he has returned to his former high school to educate the teachers about Bitcoin (BTC).

In a series of tweets on July 8, 18-year-old Gerardo Moran revealed that El Salvador’s Bitcoin diploma program, Mi Primer Bitcoin, which is backed by the El Salvador Ministry of Education, allowed him to leave behind his life in construction “earning 6 dollars a day.”

— GerardoMPB (@gerardomoran414) July 7, 2023

Moran revealed that he has been working since he was “11 years old,” mainly in construction and tourism, and could never wrap his head around how Salvadoran citizens worked so hard for little reward.

“I’ve tried to reason why people in my country worked so much for so little money” Moran stated on Twitter, adding that he was working for not much money at all:

“Earning 6 dollars a day doing construction wasn’t feasible for me anymore, so I quit without knowing there was an opportunity ahead”.

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Moran revealed that he is now “leading Bitcoin education” in his hometown, training and teaching the Bitcoin Diploma to a “group of 8 senior professors,” at his former high school, Antonio J. Alfaro school.

7/10 We now proudly educate people in the western region of #ElSalvador

This job has brought me opportunities I never thought possible.

It allows me to work, continue my studies & meet people while passing this knowledge to students not too younger than me

— GerardoMPB (@gerardomoran414) July 7, 2023

Gilberto Motto, El Salvador’s director of education, told Cointelegraph in August 2022 that the government has focused on ensuring Bitcoin education across the country – especially teenagers. 

“If we could reach every 16-year-old or 17-year-old in the country, we will effectively teach the entire country in one year because that demographic is really strategic. They go home and they’ll talk to their parents, their aunts, their uncles, their little brothers, and sisters.”

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