Caracas, 28 Oct. AVN .- Since 2003 to date, the Venezuelan governmental educative program Mision Robinson has rescued from illiteracy shadows more than 1.7 people and it has helped more than 570,000 Venezuelans to continue their studies up to 6th grade , according to the balance presented by the President of the Foundation Samuel Robinson, Marisol Calzadilla.
Currently, the classrooms of this significant social program have 332,647 students in the diverse stages of the program, distributed as follows: 14,829 people in Mision Robinson I; 297,833 people in Mision Robinson II; and 19,985 in Mision Robinson III.
These Venezuelans are taught by a total of 38,165 teachers in more than 38,412 places nationwide.
Mision Robinson es present even in jails, bringing knowledge to the people in jail. According to figures, 1,730 prisoners are taught by 147 at jails.
Battle for sixth grade starts strong
Calzadilla pointed out that achieving the declaration of Venezuela as an illiteracy-free territory represented a boost for the Government to start with the second stage pf the program, a fight to make that the people that were taught to read and write to reach the 6th grade of elementary school..
According the President of the Foundation, the goal is to graduate about 800,000 6th grade students per year.
“By 2012, Venezuela should be declared as a territory with the primary level reached,” she asserted.
Calzadilla pointed out that public and private organizations have been working jointly to fulfill said goal.
“All the organizations have realized this is a necessity and they have articulated their work. Some organs have joined our task. For instance, Mision Arbol, the National Institute of Aquatic Spaces, the National Electoral Council, and some Mayoralties have come to us to open Robinson spaces within their facilities,” she explained.
Calzadilla added that Mision Robinson authorities continue visiting communities and homes to incentive citizens to continue with their studies.
Moreover, she pointed out that by 2011, Mision Robinson III will be strengthened. This stage consists on organizing reading groups with senior citizens who were not able to continue with their education.
“They have participated in Mision Robinson I and II, but they do not want or they just can not continue with Mision Ribas [high-school program]. Then, they attend these reading groups, in which they perform a critical analysis of documents and develop their own history,” she commented.
It is expected to incorporate in this stage of the Mision the drafting of socio-productive projects.
“There is a really interesting theme in there. Usually, Mision Robinson III are senior citizens. Grandparents. IT is really beautiful they can get home and help their grandchildren, but also that they could have their own incomes as a result of their effort. They are plenty of skills and we have corroborated it in the visits to diverse classrooms nationwide,” Calzadilla added.
This Thursday October 28, Venezuela celebrates its fifth anniversary since the United Nations Educational, Science and Culture Organization (Unesco) decelared the country an illiteracy-free territory.
Mision Robinson has contributed with the universalization of the education and thus, it has become into a tool for the Government to achieve Millennium Goals in education, thanks to the effectiveness of the method “Yes, I can” implemented in this program as part of the cooperation between Cuba and Venezuela.