The national literacy crusade in Nicaragua - A sketch

Colin Lankshear
Vol 6, Number 2, p.46
Within days of the overthrow of Somoza, responsibility was given to Father Fernando Cardenal for coordinating an imminent literacy campaign. The Nicaraguan people were officially informed inside one month that the campaign would proceed, and the actual Literacy Crusade was underway just eight months after the insurrection had triumphed. From the outset the Literacy Crusade was seen as but the first stage in the process of democratising education in Nicaragua and reconstructing it within the overall process of building a new society.