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World Literacy Day Celebrated in Cuba

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World Literacy Day Celebrated in CubaHAVANA, Cuba, Sept 6 (ACN) A photography exhibition was inaugurated on Thursday at the Cuban National Commission of the UN Education, Science and Culture Organization (UNESCO) on the occasion of World Literacy Day celebrated every September 8th.

With the participation of the Deputy Minister of Higher Education, Martha del Carmen Mesa Valenciano, the activity included photos of the National Literacy Campaign in Cuba in 1961 which included over 100 thousand students, in addition to workers, house wives and retirees.

The President of the Commission, Oscar Leon Gonzalez expressed that there has been a link between the country's policies and the historic work of UNESCO regarding education since the triumph of the Revolution.

He affirmed that the National Literacy Campaign marked the beginning of the island's recognition in the sector, prestige that has consolidated through the years.

The specialist recalled that the attention of children from the early ages is a priority in Cuba, primary and secondary school are mandatory and there is a 99 percent rate of enrollment.

The Director of UNESCO's Regional Cultural Office for Latin America and the Caribbean, Katherine Muller-Marin highlighted the importance of a photo exhibition at this crucial moment in the country aimed at never forgetting history.

She told the students in the activity that there are still over 260 million children in the world that are not enrolled in schools, an aspect that the Cuban people do not have to worry about.

In the context marked by a scientific, technological, communicational and informational revolution, over 617 million children are not receiving the necessary requirements for reading, writing and math and over 750 thousand children and adults do not know how to read or write while two thirds are women, she said.

Muller Marin pointed out the urgent need to promote new ways of literacy aimed at preparing humanity in the development process in the world.

 

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