CENTRO: Haitians marked International Literacy Day last Saturday with the graduation of over 900 people who were taught how to read and write by the Cuban program known as “Yes, I Can.”
The total number of graduates has now surpassed 150,000.
The commemoration of International Literacy Day, established by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 1967, took place in the Haitian departments of Centro and Artibonite, where graduate diplomas were granted to students who concluded the fourth stage of the program, which is being implemented throughout Haiti under the guidance of Cuban specialists.
The ceremonies were attended by Liliana Garcia, Cuban diplomat in Haiti; and local government authorities.
Several thousand Haitians are still taking the course, which will conclude in late September, said coordinator of the Cuban Literacy Brigade, Francisco Cirilo Mentol.
“There are more than 2,000 classes in all, each with 30 students, and we will not start the next course until we finish the current one,” said Mentol. “We are now preparing for our next course, however, because we expect to graduate 300,000 people in three stages during a four-month course.”
Since August 2010, when the Cuban Literacy program was implemented in Haiti, a total of 150,216 people over 15 years of age have graduated.