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Intense push cuts illiteracy rate to 7% in just one year

Santo Domingo.- After just one year of an intense push for literacy, Dominican Republic managed to cut its illiteracy rate to 7%, with around 300,000 adults who learned to read and write.

Presidency Literacy Board director Pedro Luis Castellanos said the effort now is to lower the illiteracy rate below 5%, or the level recommended by UNESCO.

He said by year end 2013 around 500,000 people have joined the learning process of, of which 300,000 are already literate. “And they are not only literate, but they are already entering the Infotep (technical institute) to learn a trade and 10,000 of them have completed and strengthened their ability to work.”

Unsung heroes

Castellanos, interviewed on the program Nota 95.7 FM, said the efforts of the more than 50,000 volunteers are to thank for the literacy effort’s accomplishments.

Source: DT

Category: DR News |

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