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UNESCO Acknowledges Successful Education Policy in Venezuela

Venezuela was declared a nation free of illiteracy and recognized by its post-literacy efforts by the director of the UNESCO office in Quito, Sadia Sanchez, who is the representative for Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela.  Such achievement reflects the success of Venezuela's education policy.

"Let's remember that back in 2005, Venezuela was declared illiteracy-free territory," emphasized Sanchez, during her participation in the CELAC's First Meeting of Regional and Sub-regional Integration Bodies dealing with Social Matters, held in Caracas from June 18th to June 20th.

On October 28, 2005, UNESCO declared Venezuela illiteracy-free territory, acknowledging the educational teaching-learning method known as "Yes I Can" which was designed by Cuba, and implemented through the social program known as the Robinson Mission.

During mentioned year, 1,486,000 Venezuelans became literate as the result of the government's efforts to guarantee all its citizens the rights enshrined in the Bolivarian Constitution (1999) on Articles 102, 103,110, and, in accordance with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which enshrines that "everyone has the right to holistic, comprehensive, good quality education, with opportunities offered equally.

The late Hugo Chavez, leader of the Bolivarian Revolution, along with Cuba's help, promoted the Post-literacy program known as "Yes I can Continue" (Mission Robinson II), later adding other educational programs such as: Ribas and Sucre, for diversified university levels, respectively.
According to data from the Ministry of Education, during 2011-2012 the access to education was at 96.50%, while in 2012 and 2013 stood at 95.50%.

On Thursday, the UNESCO board members also highlighted that, "the implementation of public policy and the investment of fiscal resources on education reform, is definitely evident within the region," further noting that the evaluation of CELAC's member countries is positive, even when there are still challenges such as, improving the quality of education by developing teacher capacity through training.

Hence, the importance of  "teamwork among subregional bodies of integration, abiding by the framework established by CELAC as social goals."

AVN / Press-Venezuelan Embassy to the U.S. / June 20, 2014

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