I'd be interested to know about this Cuban model (what makes it different from
others, how it accommodates multilingual education needs). I noted recently a
mention of its possible use also in South Africa. In an article entitled
"African Language for All Kids" in the the Cape Argus,* South African Education
Minister Naledi Pandor was quoted as saying:
"I have signed a letter of intent with my Cuban counterpart, Dr Luis Gomez,
which included an intention to investigate South Africa's adoption and
adaptation of a Cuban-inspired mass literacy model currently in use in
Venezuela and New Zealand."
* Paper URL is http://www.capeargus.co.za
; the article itself is online at
Quoting Stephen Krashen <skrashen@...
> From: Prensa Latinahttp://www.plenglish.com/article.asp?ID=%7BECE3C6B4-8420-4187-9605-3BE089323036%7D&language=EN
> Cuban Literacy Program to Be Further Implemented in
> Riobamba, Ecuador, May 30 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban
> literacy program "Yo Sí Puedo" (Yes, I Can) will be
> implemented soon in Guaranda municipality, in the
> Ecuadorian province of Bolívar, after an agreement was
> signed between authorities from that region and Cuba.
> Enrique Téllez, national coordinator of the Cuban
> program in Ecuador, and Carlos Dichalingui, provincial
> director for Bilingual Education, penned the accord,
> which will contribute to eradicating illiteracy in
> that municipality.
> Cuba has signed similar agreements on educational
> cooperation with institutions from more than 15
> countries, including Chile, Brazil, Peru, Colombia,
> Bolivia, Guatemala, Ecuador, Guatemala, Panama,
> Mexico, Bolivia and Argentina.
> Cuban literacy programs have also been implemented in
> Haiti, Nicaragua, New Zealand and Venezuela.
> The agreement with Ecuador was inked during the 10th
> Annual Assembly of the Ecuadorian Coordinator of
> Solidarity with Cuba in Riobamba, in central
> Chimborazo province.
> The literacy program "Yo Sí Puedo" is aimed at
> improving the living standard of the illiterate
> population over 15 years of age, regardless their
> race, religion, gender or ethnic group, said Téllez.
> So far, 4,000 people, mainly women, have learned how
> to write and read with the Cuban method, which has
> been implemented in ten cantons and Cotopaxi province.