Cuba Marks 50 Years Since Literacy Campaign

HAVANA TIMES, Dec 22 — Today at 6:00 pm will be the main celebration for the 50th anniversary of the proclamation of the island as a “territory free of illiteracy” following the 1961 literacy campaign, according to a note in the Granma newspaper.

The daily also published a “Message to Literate and Educated Cubans,” in which it stated that the lessons of that campaign have been the basis for the literacy of more than five million adults in 28 other countries.

The 1961 campaign sought to reduce illiteracy and increase the percentage of educated citizens. It is considered the first major cultural achievement of the Cuban Revolution, carried out mainly by young student volunteers.

The celebration will be broadcast live on Cuban TV and radio.