Cuba’s ‘Yes I Can’ Literacy Program for Australian Aboriginal Communities

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Cuba’s ‘Yes I Can’ Literacy Program for Australian Aboriginal Communities

Aboriginal leaders of the ‘Literacy for Life’ program held an all-day seminar in Sydney today (28 February) to discuss the expansion of the Cuban-based adult literacy technique into four more rural and remote communities, over 2015-2016.

The program has already run successful pilots, with four small graduations in the rural towns of Wilcannia, Enngonia and Bourke. The new projects will also focus on communities in the far west of the state of New South Wales, including Brewarrina and Walgett.

What began as a university-run pilot program through an Aboriginal health network is now coordinated through the Literacy for Life Foundation (http://www.lflf.org.au/), a body set up with support from Aboriginal groups, companies, universities and government.

The Australian version of Yo Si Puedo (Yes I Can) makes use of English language audio-visual material developed for the Caribbean, adding local materials developed by Cuban advisers and local Aboriginal trainers.

Cuban Ambassador…

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