Bolivia on track to irradicate illiteracy
Campaign News | Thursday, 24 July 2008
Bolivian President Evo Morales highlights advances of literacy campaign
Bolivian President Evo Morales spoke about his government's commitment to make Bolivia a country free of illiteracy in 2008, which he said they are on course to meet thanks to the help offered by Cuba and Venezuela.
During an activity held in La Paz, where the macro-districts Sur and Mallasa were declared free of illiterates, Morales pointed out the
importance of this campaign for the current process of changes in Bolivia, reported the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.
At the end of this year, Bolivia will become the third nation in Latin America illiteracy-free after Cuba (1962) and Venezuela (2005). Morales also spoke about the need to promote post-literacy courses to continue raising the education levels of the country.
He said that since the beginning of his mandate he has done everything possible to facilitate this social program advance, for the benefit of
the historically marginalized majorities.
He thanked university students, businesspersons and other people outside the Ministry of Education for their spontaneous incorporation to the plan.
Education Minister Magdalena Cajías praised the interest that the Cuban audiovisual method Yes I Can arouses in the population in reading and writing.
Cuban ambassador to La Paz Rafael Dausa pointed out that the number of Bolivians that have learned how to read and write by means of the Cuban method will increase to 600,000 people this coming weekend (out of 823,000), with a massive graduation in the central region of Chapre.
It's also a victory against ignorance, he affirmed, and part of the Bolivarian Alternative of the Americas (ALBA).