Panama City, Panama.-In nine years, Panama managed to reduce the number of uncultured on having alphabetized 70, 794 persons, thanks to the Cuban program ”Yo Si Puedo ” (Yes, I Can), recounts today a report by the Department of Social Development.
According to the director of the program of literacy Move for Panama, Armando Escarreola, the number corresponds to the years (2007-2016) of execution of the Cuban method, which reaches the 10-year-old population and older, who, for certain motives, was not present at classes.
Escarreola added that during the current administration they managed to alphabetize, until last August, approximately three thousand 238 persons in 10 provinces and three regions of the country, which in his big majority continue the primary studies in the programs of young people and adults of the Department of Education.
Up to now, the program is provided with 198 volunteers in the whole national territory and 217 areas of meeting in functioning, equipped with a TV set, DVD, board, draft, chalk and a set of classes in CD, sufficient hardware to teach to read and to write, across a method that combines the numbers and the lettering.
In accordance with Estrella Sosa, methodological assessor of ‘ I yes can ‘, the program manages to link the numbers to the daily tasks, which facilitates ‘ to teach to count ‘, hence at the end of two months the person learns to read and to write, product of the link of the numbers with the lettering.
Nevertheless, he clarified that exceptions exist, since the age or the visual problems can slow down learning.
Information of the Census of Population and Housing of the General Controller’s office of the Republic reveal that in 2000, Panama was provided with 168 thousand 140 illiterate persons, number that in 2010 limited to 148 thousand 747, which there represent 5,5 per cent of the entire population of this moment.
Quantity that does not allow him to the country to be declared free of uncultured, since to reach this category, the illiterate population must be below five per cent, according to the United Nations Organization for the Education, the Science and the Culture (UNESCO).
Created by the teacher and investigative Cuban Leonela Relys, from his restoration in 2002, the method of literacy I yes can, he has benefited 9,8 million persons in different languages and languages indigenous to an about thirty of countries.
For his excellent results, the program there received the 2006 Award for Literacy King Sejong of the UNESCO, granted to the Pedagogic Latin-American Institute and of the Caribbean, to Cuba.