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Monday, June 19, 2006 

UNESCO Literacy Prize Goes to Cuba

Paris, Jun 19 (Prensa Latina) The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization has bestowed the Latin American and Caribbean Pedagogic Institute of Cuba (IPLAC) upon the King Sejong Literacy Prize, for fostering a literacy program to help other nations.

Cuban Ambassador to UNESCO Hector Hernandez Pardo stated the award is in recognition of a special Cuban project to collaborate with other countries.

Hernandez Pardo said the jury considered the program very innovating, flexible and fit for a wide range of geographic, cultural and ethnic zones, where it has been efficient in social, rural and urban areas.

A prominent international jury made up by experts from the US, Ecuador, South Korea, China, Senegal and Syria selected the IPLAC to receive the award.

UNESCO Director General Koichiro Matsuura said the prize recognized the Cuban method "Yo si puedo" (I Can Do it), which has been successfully used in 15 world states.

Hernandez Pardo described the prize as an international recognition to Cuban education, the people who created the Yo si puedo program, Cuba´s solidarity to every nation in need and President Fidel Castro, who has relentlessly spearheaded projects to help humankind.

Pakistan, Turkey, Morocco and Rajastan, the poorest state of India, also received the King Sejon prize.

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