Cuba boosts literacy in Bolivia

Campaign News | Wednesday, 22 March 2006

Morales launches campaign

La Paz, 21 March: Bolivia set in motion a literacy campaign based on teaching aids and adapting the Cuban program "Yo si puedo" (Yes I Can) for the local indigenous languages Quechua, Aymara and Guarani.

President Evo Morales inaugurated the campaign in Camiri with Education Ministers Aristobulo Isturiz (Venezuela) and Luis Ignacio Gomez (Cuba).

Javier Labrada, coordinator of the 32-member Cuban advisory mission, said they will open this week 2,505 classrooms with volunteer teachers or guides, one TV set and one video tape each.

The campaign will implement in all nine Bolivian Departments (provinces) the Cuban program, already working in 13 countries.

Education Minister Felix Patzi said 200,000 people will learn to read and write in 30 months in this first phase of the global goal to eradicate illiteracy that now affects 1.1 million Bolivians.

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