More than 4,500 former guerrillas will join thousands of local residents for primary and secondary school classes next week in the transition zones where the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia have been based since they signed last November’s peace deal with the government.
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118 tutors are travelling to the 26 reintegration areas on Sunday to prepare for class the following morning.
17 zones are dedicated to programs of literacy and primary education developed by the National Open and Distance University, with a focus on social development.
While Colombia’s Education Ministry, the Norwegian embassy and the Norwegian Refugee Council will implement projects based on daily and ancestral knowledge of the local communities.
The initiative will focus on primary education, as 68 percent of the 4,500 rebels enrolled in the program expressed the desire to finish this cycle, while 21 percent want secondary school classes.
About 80 percent of the future students are between 18 and 28 years old.
390 will receive basic literacy courses — corresponding to 4 percent of the 1,172 women surveyed and 10 percent of the 3,361 men.
According to a recent survey, only 57 percent of the former fighters went to primary school, while 11 percent have had no education, as most of them were from poor campesino backgrounds.
But the majority of the rebels know how to read and how to write.