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In anticipation of the upcoming event on Thursday 31 March 2016 (see below post), here are some interesting links to give a bit of background for the Cuban 'Yes, I Can' Adult Literacy Campaign in Australia:
- The Literacy for Life Foundation is the organisation behind the running of the campaign in Australia. You can visit their website at: http://www.lflf.
- Listen to Professor Jack Beetson speaking on Radio National Breakfast on 24 Feb 2016 at: http://www.abc.net.
au/radionational/programs/ breakfast/inaugural-cuban- awards-celebrates-australians/ 7194700
- Listen to this Green Left Weekly interview with Bob Boughton 27 June 2013 at: https://www.youtube.com/
- Read the article 'From Cuba with love' by Chris Ray, published in the Sydney Morning Herald on 19 July 2014: http://www.smh.com.au/
- Read the article 'Cuba’s program for Aboriginal literacy expands in Australia' by Ron Poulsen and Manuele Lasalo, published in The Militant on 21 Sept 2015: http://www.themilitant.
The Cuban ‘Yes, I Can!’ Literacy Campaign in Australia
Why has a Cuba-inspired campaign achieved such outstanding success where government schooling and adult courses have largely failed?
Hear about the campaign from these Aboriginal and Cuban speakers:
Jack Beetson is an Ngemba man, an Aboriginal leader and head of the Literacy for Life Foundation.
José Chala Leblanch is a Cuban educator from the Cuban Institute of Pedagogy for Latin America and the Caribbean and is advisor to the ‘Yes, I Can!’ Aboriginal Adult Literacy Campaign.
Yexenia Calzado is from the Asia & Oceania department of ICAP, the Cuban Institute for Friendship with the Peoples.
Mary Waites is a Ngemba woman and is the Campaign Coordinator in Brewarrina.
Up to 60% of Aboriginal adults living in rural and remote areas have functional illiteracy in English. The ‘Yes, I Can!’ (!Yo, Sí Puedo!) Aboriginal Adult Literacy Campaign, organised by the Literacy for Life Foundation, began in Wilcannia in 2012 with Cuban advisor, José Chala. Already, after the first pilots of the campaign, more than 100 Aboriginal adults from the Murdi Paaki region in western NSW have graduated.
The campaign draws on the successful mass literacy campaign in Cuba in 1961 as part of the popular social revolution there from 1959. The ‘Yes, I Can’ campaign has been used in 29 countries to help 8 million people develop basic literacy skills.
5.30pm Thurs 31 March
Lecture Theatre 104, New Law School
Eastern Ave, Sydney University
For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org.