Yes I can, Cuban Teaching Method, is Effective in Bilingual Communities
The effectiveness of Cuba's Yes I Can literacy teaching method in bilingual communities was one of the main issues on hand at the Ibero-American Congress on Literacy Teaching and Basic Education for Young People and Adults on Thursday.
Edith Lopez, professor with the project educating illiterates in Chiapas, Mexico, told ACN news agency that the system shared by Cuba is an efficient tool for those who need to learn how to read and write in two languages.
The visitor, who attended the Congress that ended on Thursday at Havana's Convention Center, highlighted that Yes I Can, given by way of audiovisual lessons in Spanish and Tzotzil, proved to be flexible and that it meets the needs of students in that region.
The program also emphasizes the customs and culture of the peoples, which increases interest and makes lessons more enjoyable, she added.
Created in 2000 with a universal concept, the Cuban method has so far been contextualized in 15 versions, and has been used to teach more than 3,193,000 people from 28 countries how to read and write.
Participating in the event -that began on Monday- were more than 1,000 delegates from 30 nations, who exchanged their experiences and work methods in order to find alternatives to educate free, responsible, and cultured citizens -conditions given by knowledge and culture.
Education ministers and under secretaries from a dozen states and academic personalities from different latitudes also took part in the Congress, the venue of which was granted to Cuba as an acknowledgement for its work supporting literacy teaching around the world.