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Nicaragua is nearing its 2009 illiteracy free target
Once the goal is achieved, the Central American country will become the fourth member of the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas (ALBA) to be declared illiteracy-free after Cuba, Venezuela and Bolivia.

The country boasts a 7.22-percent illiteracy rate, a record low, thanks to the implementation of the National "From Marti to Fidel" Literacy Campaign, as well as other initiatives using the Cuban method Yo Si Puedo (Yes, I Can), noted Mairena.

The target to wipe out illiteracy by July 19 2009, to mark the 30th anniversary of the Sandinista Popular Revolution, is near, as that requested by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is below five percent.

The plan is to declare illiteracy-free all the country´s departments by late July, according to Education Minister Miguel De Castilla.


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