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...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!