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1. – Functional Literacy: This component targets persons who do not know how to read or write, and includes integrated science, Portuguese language, and mathematics. During phases 1 and 2 of the program 2,148 enrollees were trained, 1,123 of them men and 1,025 women. Of that total, 1,584 completed the program, 825 men and 759 women. The dropout rate recorded was 26.7 percent.

2. Post-literacy: The purpose of this component is to prevent persons enrolled in functional literacy from backsliding into illiteracy. Thus they are given the opportunity to continue through grades 3 and 4. In that context, activities within this component are financed with the co-participation of the government through the PIP. During the period under analysis, 559 students enrolled in 2006, 360 of which completed the fourth phase during that time.

This component has had a positive impact because it has motivated these students to continue their education through evening classes, which led to the opening of night schools in the districts and motivated some girls to continue their studies, thereby helping to meet the objective of the broadening universal basic education.

The literacy partnership program also provided the opportunity for a Brazilian technical team to offer technical training to literacy workers and coordinators in São Tomé and in the autonomous region of Príncipe in youth and adult education methodology.

Fig. 1: Training session for literacy instructors

Given the impact of this program in the fist and second phases, in 2006 the government decided to continue planning a third phase. The resources released in 2006 made it possible to prepare a third phase of the program that would cover all the districts of the country.

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