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Saturday, August 11, 2007

Ecuador announces plan to reduce illiteracy

Peoples' Daily Online, August 11, 2007

Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa said Friday that the country will launch a program to reduce illiteracy and strengthen adult education.

The "basic education plan for youths and adults 2007" will be presented by Correa and Education Minister Raul Vallejo next Tuesday in the indigenous town of Colta, 300 kms south of the capital Quito.

Ecuador registers a nine percent absolute and functional illiteracy (some 2.4 million Ecuadorians), according to official statistics.

The literacy campaign intends to guarantee effective access, permanence and conclusion of studies by the indigenous population, gender equality, ecosystem conservation and sustainable resource management, Correa said.

The government intends to reduce illiteracy from 9 to 3.5 percent.

The plan will cover adolescents lacking regular education, those who did not conclude studies, indigenous people with different native languages and the Afro-Ecuadoran population.

Prisoners and migrant refugees will also be included in the plan.

The Education Ministry will provide books covering subjects ranging from civil rights, health and the environment to culture and family.

Source: Xinhua

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