Literacy Plan touches more than 579,000
SANTO DOMINGO. Since the beginning of the National Literacy Program “Quisqueya Learns with You”, in January 2013 and up to 30 May 2014, some 579,752 persons have taken part in the learning groups, of which 300,000 have graduated and in this group 72,801 have been recognized.
Offering this information during a press conference in the Orlando Martinez Hall of the Presidential Palace, Pedro Luis Castellanos, the coordinator of the National Technical Team of the Plan, said that these numbers represent 72% of the goals of incorporation and about 35% of the goal for graduates forecast for the middle of the year.
The official reiterated the government’s conviction that the country can reach the goal of overcoming illiteracy this year. He gave as an example the fact that in January 2013, when the Plan started, the illiteracy rate in the country was 12% and in October of last year it had fallen to 8.9%.
“By the end of 2014 the illiteracy rate should be less than 5% according to the goals set by UNESCO and the Organization of Ibero-American States for 2015. We are on the right road,” Castellanos said.
He pointed out, in addition, that after the startup last May of the campaign called “Nobody Left Behind”, they have brought in 100,000 persons into the learning centers. Their goal is to get 300,000 illiterates into the program in order to complete the final goal of the Literacy Plan which is to teach 851.396 persons 15 or older how to read and write by December 2014.
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