Illiteracy: A Before and After
When speaking of the Cuban literacy method "Yes I can," very few can imagine that this effective initiative has even reached the faraway country of Australia, where illiteracy among Aboriginal people is about 60%.
Through recognized educational program, adapted to the most diverse cultures and languages, 10 original inhabitants of that country were able to learn to read and write.
The authorities described it as extremely important that the method can be extended to other places, and it is not only useful for learning to read and write, but it also helps reduce crime and improve health indicators.
Since the suggestion of the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, this program was created; perhaps a just few could see the significance of "Yes, I can", which is extended to more places on the planet.
But the truth is that today this method is found in the most diverse corners, even in developed nations cities like Seville, Spain, where it has been a big success.
Every day the "Yes, I can" wins more fans because the results are extremely encouraging. With the minimum of resources, ignorance has been eliminated for nearly four million people worldwide.
Now this new method has arrived to the town of Patagonian, Argentina, specifically in La Pastera.
In La Pastera, Ernesto Che Guevara’s museum occupies an old warehouse in the Lanin National Park and recalls the passage of time when Doctor Ernesto Guevara and his traveling companion, Alberto Granado, travelled to San Martin de los Andesin January 1952, during his motorcycle journey throughout Latin America.
The program will cover not only the urban population, but also rural settlements in the southern province of Neuquen, including the Mapuche, being the areas with the highest rate of illiteracy.
”The Yes, I Can” method was introduced in July 2003 to Argentina by the Foundation For A Better World Is Possible, and taught more than 21,000 people how to read and write.
By implementing this program, which is currently underway in a dozen provinces, six municipalities have been declared free of illiteracy.
It is a fact that when can speak of a before and after following the creation of "Yes, I Can" --recognized by UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, for its contribution to the fight against illiteracy throughout the world.