Today, UNESCO celebrates the International Literacy Day, a celebration to which Cuba joins with concrete results, for having eradicated illiteracy in 1961 and for the further development of education in the country with internationally recognized values.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cuba, shared today a press release from the Cuban National Commission of UNESCO, where it explains that the Island joins the celebrations not only for those achieved through the Literacy Campaign but also for what characterizes education in Cuba, which is a quality education of universal access, free of charge.
The press release referred to the Literacy Campaign, promoted by Commander in Chief Fidel Castro Ruz, as an ingenious educational and cultural revolution, a pioneer in Latin America and the Caribbean, whose results made it possible to make knowledge available to all and to build the scientific, social and cultural development enjoyed by the Cuban people today.
In turn, the document recalled the words of the Cuban literacy expert Lilavatti Diaz de Villalvilla Carbó, who recalled the enormous feat, saying that when glorious pages of our history are evoked, those feats for which the homeland feels legitimate pride, the Literacy Campaign is always present.
In 1961, 100,000 young people of my generation had the wonderful opportunity to contribute decisively to the success of that epic contest, where in a few months 707,000 Cubans became literate, overcoming centuries of ignorance, he added.
Even illiteracy punishes millions of people and stands as an obstacle to meet the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations Agenda 2030.
Cuba has given significant signs of its commitment to the global efforts to eliminate illiteracy through international cooperation, the communiqué highlighted.
In this context, the teaching method developed by Cuban pedagogues Yo sí puedo, winner of the UNESCO King Sejong Literacy Prize in 2006, for its contribution to the teaching of reading and writing, and successfully applied in 30 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa, Oceania and Europe, is being applied.
(Taken from Granma)