East Timor's President Thanks Cuba's Help in Education
Sources: ACN, Escambray.cu, East Timor and Indonesia Action Network (ETAN).
3 September 2010.
East Timor's President Jose Ramos Horta thanked the Cuban contribution to education in his country as he declared the district of Oe-cusse free of illiteracy. The president declared the district of Oe-cusse free of illiteracy. Oe-cusse is the first region of the nation to have such achievement with the help in the use of the "Yes, I Can" literacy program of Cuban consultants, Prensa Latina reported.
Ramos Horta noted that Cuba has collaborated with many other Third World countries without asking anything in return, in spite of the economic aggression to which the island has been submitted by the United States for nearly half a century. The president said the new graduates will have the opportunity to further their education even up to the university level, and become doctors and even ministers. Cuban ambassador Ramon Hernandez said 67,703 people in Timor Leste have learned to read and write and he expects the country will be free of illiteracy by 2012.