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Title: Cuba's 'Yo, Si Puedo'. A Global Literacy Movement?
Contributor(s): Boughton, Robert G  (author)orcid ; Durnan, Deborah (author)
Publication Date: 2014
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Abstract: Since it was first trialled in Haiti in 2000, Cuba's 'Yo, Si Puedo' model for mounting mass adult literacy campaigns has mobilised over six million people in twenty-nine countries to acquire basic literacy. Despite this global reach, the model has attracted almost no close study from adult education and literacy researchers in the English-speaking world. Cuba's unique south-south approach to international aid and cooperation and its extensive experience with mass literacy campaigns over more than five decades makes this model a classic case study for post-colonial education theory and practice. This paper begins this analysis, by identifying some of the key elements of the Yo Si Puedo model and its emancipatory potential. It is based on evidence collected in an extended participatory action research project during 'Yo, Si Puedo's deployment in Timor-Leste's national literacy campaign (2007-2011) and in a recent pilot study of the model in three Indigenous communities in Australia (2012-2014).
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Postcolonial Directions in Education, 3(2), p. 325-359
Publisher: University of Malta
Place of Publication: Malta
ISSN: 2304-5388
Field of Research (FOR): 130301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education
130302 Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education
130204 English and Literacy Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl LOTE, ESL and TESOL)
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 939901 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education
930201 Pedagogy
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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