Cuba, Argentina, and the work of teaching at world’s end

Buenos Aires, May 10 (Prensa Latina) In the cold Tierra del Fuego province, Antarctic Territory and South Atlantic Islands, in the Patagonian region of Argentina, Cuban Isabel Cristina Fernández is currently coordinating the implementation of the “Yo, sí puedo” (Yes, I can) literacy method.

Fernández, a master in Educational Sciences, is a consultant for the literacy method that emerged in Cuba and was implemented here through agreements between the “A Better World is Possible Foundation” and the Government of this southernmost territory, whose capital, Ushuaia, is known as The End of the World City.

I arrived in Argentina in December after almost a three-year disruption due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

It was an unforgettable experience. We met people in their 60s, 70s, and 80s who did not have well-integrated elements of reading and writing; they could not identify a public sign, understand a menu or a pharmacy sign, Fernández told Prensa Latina.

Founded between 2001 and 2002 at the initiative of the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, and researcher Leonela Relys, “Yo, sí puedo” is a composite teaching method that uses numbers to facilitate the learning process by associating numbers with letters.

So far, more than 10 million people in some 30 countries have learned to read and write with this method.

The Cuban literacy method also has versions in other languages, in addition to the Spanish language and even the Braille System, for blind people.


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