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Brazilians Learn How to Read and Write the Cuban Way

A pioneer experience in education, held in three municipalities of the state of PiauÀ­, northeast of Brazil, has helped rural and domestic workers learn how to read and write in just 35 days.

It’s the Cuban literacy method "Yo sí­ puedo" (Yes, I can), used as part of a cooperation agreement between the governments of the two countries, implemented last October.

The pilot project involves the municipalities of Buriti dos Lopes, Caxingó, and Murici dos Portelas, all with high levels of illiteracy. With the Cuban method, students learn basic reading and writing skills through the association of numbers, letters, and animals. Each letter is associated to a number. Students learn one letter per day.

The method also employs educational videos that show the different realities coexisting in Brazil. There are 17 VHS tapes, with a total of 65 video lessons, which add up to 32,5 hours. Each video lesson lasts 30 minutes.

According to the Cuban supervisor of the literacy program in Piauí­, Carlos Martinez, teachers and monitors are trained on the method. Students are usually rural workers, fishermen, and domestic workers. Ages range from 15-70 years, but the majority is between 35 and 50 years old.

Martinez said that a test taken by 96 students of the three municipalities proved the efficiency of the project. "Of this total, 100% learned the numbers, to write their names, and to read. 88% learned to read with quality similar to that presented by first grade students."

In his opinion, the most important benefit of the project is that students learn about Brazilian cultural diversity, learn how to care for their families, to prevent diseases, and to care for the environment.

Cuban educational methods are considered an example by several countries. Basic education is a priority in Cuba, where 99.5% of children from zero to six years attend preschool.

According to the 2000 Census, of the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE), there are 16 million illiterate youngsters and adults in Brazil.

Agência Brasil

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  • Guest

    EDUCATION IS THE SOLUTION
    I agree with you that this project should have been done a lone time ago but, better late than never?

    Education is the solution to many of these social and economical problems. But, as this is now being addressed, can’t you be happy for this brave initative and wish this is built upon?

    This will eventually reap huge benefits in the long-run for the families of the Northeast and hope the government invest more in this region.

    I am please inequality is being addressed, at last. There is however, still a long way to go.

  • Guest

    executive
    Such project should had been done a long time ago. Education is the solution for many social and economics problems in Brazil. Education is a weapon against unequality. Carry on the project.

  • Guest

    Very International….
    …to do business worldwide !

    And you have far more illiretae than 16 millions, unless you dont count those who can just write their name…with errors !!!!

    A true joke !

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