Venezuela Launches Cuban - Backed Literacy Campaign

Les Schaffer schaffer at
Tue Jul 1 16:29:56 MDT 2003

Venezuela Launches Cuban - Backed Literacy Campaign

Filed at 6:01 p.m. ET

CARACAS, Venezuela (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez
launched a Cuban-backed campaign to eradicate illiteracy in his
country on Tuesday, denying opposition charges that it was aimed at
teaching Cuba-style communism.

Seventy-four Cuban literacy experts were to train 100,000 Venezuelan
teachers to give classes in reading and writing to 1.5 million
Venezuelans -- nearly 9 percent of the population -- who are currently

The Cuban participation is opposed by foes of leftist Chavez. They
accuse him of ruling like a dictator and trying to replicate
Communist-ruled Cuba in Venezuela, the world's No. 5 oil exporter.

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