Salvadorian Vice-president Praises Cooperation by Cuban Teachers

El Salvador’s vice-president Salvador Sanchez Ceren acknowledged the work of three Cuban teachers, who offer their advice to that country’s National Literacy Program.

The three advisors concluded their two-year cooperation work in El Salvador and another three teachers will take over the mission, which started in 2010.

During a farewell ceremony for the three Cuban teachers at the island’s embassy in El Salvador, the top government  official expressed his admiration for the high professional and academic level of the workers and their capacity to adapt the Cuban literacy methodology known as “Yes, I Can,” to the needs of the Salvadorian people.

Cuban ambassador to San Salvador Pedro Pablo Prada reiterated his country’s willingness to keep assisting the Central American nation in improving its education levels, whose adult illiteracy rate was lowered from 17.9 percent in 2009 to only 6 percent in 2012.

The farewell ceremony was attended by Literacy Program director Angelica Paniagua, and Enris Arias, mayor of the Comacaran municipality, who expressed his gratitude to the Cuban advisors for their work in his community, which will be declared territory free of illiteracy.

Cuba-El Salvador joint education efforts have allowed teaching over 185 thousand people how to read and write and to declare more than 30 Salvadorian municipalities free of illiteracy, in tune with one of the points on the electoral platform that took the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front to power in 2009.

The Cuban methodology “Yes, I Can,” has been implemented since 2002 for people over 15 years of age with poor or no educational levels. The methodology has successfully been applied in 30 nations of the world and has benefitted more than five million citizens.


Radio Habana Cuba