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The Michigan Daily-Tuesday, February 12, 1980-Page 9

Daily Photo by JIM KRUZ
SONIA CHAMORRO, head of the Fund Raising Committee for the literacy
of the Nicaraguan people, emphasizes the need for such a program in a
country that has a 50 per cent rate of illiteracy.
Nicaraguan praises
Jiteracy'program

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By LISSA OLIVER
"Literacy is Liberation" was the
message delivered last night by Sonia
Chamorro, who is the head of the Fund
Raising Committee for the Literacy
Crusade for Nicaragua.
In her speech, sponsored by the Ann
Arbor Nicaragua.Solidarity Committee
and Committee for Human Rights in
Latin America, Chamorro explained
arnecessity of this literacy crusade.
liamorro said that a census taken in
Nicaragua estimated an average 50 per
cent illiteracy rate in the country, ad-
ding that in some rural areas it was as
high as 85 per cent.
SINCE SEPTEMBER, Nicaraguan
teachers have been trained to go into
the countryside and teach the peasants
to read and write, Chamorro said. "Our
peasants will learn to read and write,"
Ae said, "and they will also learn about
alth, and the young people from the
cities will learn how the peasants live."
According to Chamorro, $20 million
will be needed to carry out this cam-
paign. "We have requested help from
all friendly cougries,, isitutions and
parties, anyone we can get help from,"
she said. {
The World Council of Churches, the
Labor Party of Sweden, and the gover-

nments of Holland and Denmark are
among the major contributors thus far,
Chamorro said.
AFTER STUDYING literacy cam-
paigns in other countries, the
Nicaraguan government designed as
simple a program as possible, accor-
ding to Chamorro, "A simple method
was chosen since both teachers and
students are relatively inexperienced
at this."
All lessons are to be accompanied by
pictures, and the teachers will talk
about the pictures to further explain the
concepts that are being taught,
Chamorro said. She explained that
courses in mathematics will also be
taught; not only the fundamentals such
as adding and subtracting but the
monetary system will also be taught.
Increasing the political con-
sciousness of the people is also in-
volved, according to Chamorro.
"Maybe it will be the first time they will
speak about national reality," she said.
In her closing statement, Chamorro
said that the new aspirations of the
Nicaraguan people due to their literacy
will hopefully be met in- time. "The
people have a right to hospitals,
schools, and the right to choose their
destiny."

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