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A group of 47 Cuban Teachers Arrive in Nicaragua

The teachers will work as advisors to their Nicaraguan colleagues in the application of the Cuban "Yo si puedo" (Yes I can) literacy teaching method. The Nicaraguan government hopes to declare the country free of illiteracy by July 2009.

Cuban Ambassador to Nicaragua Luis Hernandez was on hand at the Augusto Cesar Sandino Airport in Managua to welcome the Cuban teachers. He called on them to make a maximum effort in their direct work with a people he said are very fond of Cuba.

The Cuban teachers were also greeted by Irma Sehweret, mother of Rene Gonzalez, one of the Cuban Five imprisoned unjustly in the United States for fighting against terrorism. Sehweret, who was on a tour to draw attention to the Cuban Five case, noted the beauty of the work the educators will be carrying out.

Mario Rivera, who heads the literacy campaign, welcomed the Cubans and said their work will help many people become citizens and learn their duties and rights in the process taking place in the country.


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