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Havana. October 31, 2014

Post-2015 education agenda analyzed

LIMA.— On October 31, Cuba’s contribution to eradicating illiteracy in various Latin American countries was highlighted during the first event of the Regional Meeting of Latin American and Caribbean Ministers of Education.

Cuban Minister of Education Ena Elsa Velázquez Cobiella

During the encounter held in the capital of Peru, entitled “Education for all in Latin America and the Caribbean: Post-2015 priorities and challenges,” Cuban Minister of Education, Ena Elsa Velázquez Cobiella, emphasized the country’s contribution to eradicating illiteracy in various countries in the region, a feat also recognized by the delegates in attendance.

Said contribution was made through the “Yo, sí puedo” (Yes, I can) program, successfully applied in nations such as Argentina, Venezuela, Mexico, Ecuador, Bolivia, Nicaragua and Colombia, enabling millions of people to learn to read and write.

The method has also had success in African countries such as Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique and South Africa, as well as in New Zealand, Oceana and the Spanish city of Sevilla – where the program was premiered for the first time in Europe.

The aim of the Regional Meeting is to establish a Latin American and Caribbean post-2015 education agenda, given that the region’s principal challenge is combating inequality and reducing poverty.

“The high levels of inequality seen in all countries of the region are primarily based on social class, ethnic origin and geographical location,” stated a report on the premise of the meeting, which will end October 31. (PL)


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