Education: Three Rs in Brazil

Brazil is three years into its most ambitious plan to teach adults to read and write. Since the program, called Mobral (Movimento Brasileiro de Alfabetizaçāo), started in 1970, more than 3,000,000 adults have achieved at least basic literacy; that number is expected to quintuple by 1980. To reach Brazil's 15 million illiterates (26% of the population), Mobral has established 67,000 centers throughout the country. Yet despite the scope of the program, the cost of making a student literate is only $9.33, about $25 less than a UNESCO-estimated average. "There is nothing very new...

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