_AS the United Nations Literacy Decade (2003 - 2012) ends, the number of people in the world who are still illiterate is alarming: 64.7 million children have received no formal schooling and 793 million adults remain illiterate.
Cuba undertook a year-long national literacy campaign in 1961 and proclaimed it a territory free of illiteracy.
But the country's efforts did not stop there. The Yo si puedo (Yes, I Can) program came into being in 2000 following the basic principles of the original Cuban Literacy Campaign. The Yo si puedo project has been implemented in more than 30 countries. 

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