Recently, some 50 Haitians living in survivors’ camps received their diplomas for having been taught to read and write by the Cuban method “Yes, I Can.”
The method is internationally acknowledged for being effective and has its antecedents, precisely, in Haiti.
This is the third graduation of literacy students taking place in the Caribbean country after the quake caused about 300 thousand dead people and more than one million homeless.
During the next 22 months, Cuban specialists – assisted by Haitians – will focus on four departments of the country. Nine thousand teaching centers were set up to facilitate such a noble and supporting task.
It is expected that some 240 thousand Haitians benefit from the audiovisual method which is currently applied in nearly 30 countries all over the world, including developed nations.
In addition to the teaching staff, Cuba also assists the local government with audiovisual tools and Venezuela has contributed with financial support.
Since the beginning of educational cooperation in Haiti 10 years ago, Cuban teachers have taught more than 160 thousand to read and write with the method "Yes, I Can", a fast way to instruct adults.
The reopening of the literacy campaign coincides with the beginning on Monday of a new school year in Haiti, nine months after the strong quake that caused the collapse of the entire infrastructure in Port-au-Prince, the capital, and three other cities.
The results of this project have been highly positive. We also have the examples of Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador and Nicaragua.
They became illiteracy-free territories thanks to the implementation of the Cuban model.
The teaching-method is being applied from Haiti, to Mexico to New Zealand, making possible the teaching of basic literacy to over three million people.
This is Cuba’s modest contribution to reduce the amount of illiterate people in the world, which has reached the unbelievable number of nearly on
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