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Title: Cuba's Yes I Can in Australia. Three Years On
Contributor(s): Boughton, Robert G  (author)orcid ; Durnan, Deborah (author)
Publication Date: 2014
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Abstract: In twenty six countries around the world, Cuba's 'Yo Si Puedo' ('Yes I Can') mass literacy campaign model has provided basic literacy instruction to over six million people. The model was developed by the Institute of Pedagogy for Latin America and the Caribbean (IPLAC) in 2000, at a time when international donors and New Literacy Studies scholars had turned away from such mass approaches in favour of small-scale localised literacy programs. In 2012, a pilot of this model began in the western NSW Aboriginal community of Wilcannia, funded by the Commonwealth WELL program. In 2013-14, the pilot was extended to two more communities in the same region, with funding support from the Commonwealth and NSW governments. The authors of this paper have been involved in an extended participatory action research evaluation of the pilot phase, a process which has provided valuable practical learning about the Cuban model and how best it can be adapted to the circumstances of Aboriginal communities. This paper presents some findings from the research, including an analysis of the teaching theory and practice embodied in the Cuban-produced resources, and some quantitative and qualitative evidence of the individual and collective impact of the campaign in the host communities. The findings and analysis from the pilot lead to some critical reflections on the value of mass campaigns and the relationship of 'Yes I Can' to the Freirian tradition of popular education for social transformation.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Name: Australian Council of Adult Literacy Conference - Literacy: a learning spiral for life, Surfers Paradise, Australia, 3rd - 4th October, 2014
Conference Details: Australian Council of Adult Literacy Conference - Literacy: a learning spiral for life, Surfers Paradise, Australia, 3rd - 4th October, 2014
Source of Publication: ACAL National Conference Presentations, p. 1-22
Publisher: Australian Council of Adult Literacy
Place of Publication: online
Field of Research (FOR): 130204 English and Literacy Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl LOTE, ESL and TESOL)
130101 Continuing and Community Education
130301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 939901 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education
930101 Learner and Learning Achievement
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: E1 Refereed Scholarly Conference Publication
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