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Literacy Congress Starts Monday in Cuba with the Presence of Over a Thousand Teachers
According to the agenda, the Organization of Ibero-American States (OIAS) general secretary Alvaro Marchesi, Ibero-American Secretary General Enrique Iglesias and Cuban Education Minister Ena Elsa Velazquez are expected to address the meeting.

Prior to these sessions are five pre-congress courses given by Cuban experts on literacy methods, especially the Cuban program Yo Si Puedo (Yes, I Can) with which more than 3.19 million people have already learned to read and write.

Rolando Portela, adviser of the Latin American Pedagogical Institute vice rector"s office, told Prensa Latina that the meeting will raise literacy policies and basic education for adults.

It is expected that 20 ministers attending the event advocate for implementing international educational policies, particularly in the region, to prioritize illiterateápeople, the expert stated.

Parallel to the congress is a meeting of the Bolivarian Alternative for the Peoples of Our America, in which Bolivia and Nicaragua will declare territory free of illiteracy by 2008 and 2009, respectively.

Also on the list is a meeting of the OIAS Experts Advise Commission and that of the Technical Committee of the Ibero-American Literacy Plan, approved in the governors" summit of the region, held in Santiago de Chile last year.

The IALP expects to teach over 34 million illiterate people of the area to read and write before 2015.


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