Cuba’s Revolutionary Literacy Program

When Fidel Castro’s 26th of July Movement overthrew the U.S.-backed dictator President Fulgencio Batista on Jan. 1, 1959, the new revolutionary government inherited a country with a literacy rate as low as 60 percent.

Just two years later, by the end of 1961, dubbed “the year of education,” the nation’s literacy rate had risen to 96 percent, one of the highest in the world.


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