MORE than 300,000 adults have
learned to read and write in Angola, thanks to the
Cuban program, Yo sí puedo (Yes, I can) implemented
in some 30 countries around the world.
The literacy instruction method has
been used in Angola since 2009, reaching more than
11 municipalities and 37 communes, with the support
of additional resources such as videos, television
and charts, according to TeleSur.
The program is being implemented in
the provinces of Luanda, Bie, Huambo, Benguela,
Bengo, North Cuanza, South Cuanza Sul, Moxico and
Odalis Ortiz Torres, a Cuban
educator participating in the internationalist
mission, emphasized to Prensa Latina the
importance of providing instructional tools to
Angolans, so that they can attack the problems of
illiteracy, hunger and poverty, and prepare for a
Yo sí puedo has been successfully
implemented in other countries and was possible in
Angola given the support provided by government,
traditional authorities, churches and the
Organization of Angolan Women.
According to official data, the
number of citizens who have acquired literacy
through the program has surpasses 380,600, including
the 170,962 enrolled this year.
More than seven million people
around the world have benefited from Yo sí puedo,
reflecting Cuba’s willingness to contribute to
The Latin American and Caribbean
Pedagogical Institute of Cuba, which developed the
program, received the UNESCO King Sejong Literacy
Prize in 2006.
In several countries where the
implementation of the initial literacy program is no
longer needed, continuing education has been
supported with other Cuban programs such as Ya puedo
leer y escribir (I can read and write now) and Yo sí
puedo seguir (Yes, I can do more). (AIN)