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Freedom Through a Pencil: The 1961 Literacy Campaign in Cuba

Article about the Cuban Literacy Campaign of 1961.  Excellent background for the film Maestra. The high rate of literacy in Cuba is one of the proud and much touted accomplishments of the Cuban Revolution. Beginning half a century ago, in 1961, the literacy campaign mobilized more than 1 million Cubans as teachers or students. In that same year, 707,000 Cubans learned how to read or write. Maestra tells the story of that inspiring campaign through the memories of the women who served as literacy teachers—the maestras themselves.


Sujatha Fernandes


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