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Venezuela celebrates 11 years as a territory free of illiteracy

On October 28, 2005 the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela was declared a territory free of illiteracy by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) thanks to Mission Robinson developed as part of the cooperation between Cuba and Venezuela. Mission Robinson was formalized in 2003 as a mass literacy program that reached traditionally excluded sectors of the population: the poor, indigenous peoples, prisoners and the disabled. Using a methodology called “Yo Si Puedo” (Yes I Can), developed by the educator Leonela Realy in Cuba and implemented in our country by volunteer facilitators of both nations, the method used is the association of numbers and letters with the use of audiovisual resources, this Cuban method of literacy was the engine of the eradication of illiteracy in Venezuela. More than 2,700,000 Venezuelans have been taught through this mission. Including almost 70,000 indigenous people were made literate in their native languages as well as in Castilian, 2,725 inmates and 7,154 disabled people were included in the massification of knowledge.

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