Sixteen Aboriginal adults in the remote Australian town of Wilcannia, in outback New South Wales, are the first graduates of a groundbreaking trial literacy program that would not have been possible without the help of a tiny Caribbean country — Cuba.
At the beginning of this year, Cuban educator Jose Chala Leblanch arrived in Wilcannia to help establish the literacy program based on the world-famous “Yes, I Can” teaching method developed by Cuba. Since then, the program has gone on to change the lives of many in the community, and other local communities are now hoping they, too, may also be able to take part in similar projects.
Green Left Weekly spoke to Chala to find out more about the program, just days before he flew back to Cuba after finishing his eight-month stay in Wilcannia.
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