TBCFor over 40 years now, UNESCO has been celebrating International Literacy Day on September 8th by reminding the international community that literacy is a human right and the foundation of all learning.
The fact is Baja California Sur (BCS) ranks as one of the best states in the country in terms of applying efficient programs to those in need of learning to read. According to Juan Manuel Reyes Cervantes, Director of the State Institute of Education for Adults, this result is not unexpected. He said it is because several institutions, both state and federal, are working together to help people to learn to read and write. Because of hard work and training, BCS is also one of the few states in the republic that are almost illiterate free.
The literacy level in BCS is close to 100%. In fact, 97% of the population is literate. The average length of schooling of residents 15 years of age and older is 9.4 years, which is above the national average of 8.6 years.
Reyes Cervantes also acknowledged that by obtaining these results, the State of BCS has made the commitment to confront illiteracy and take responsibility by promoting adult learning courses and programs to get residents reading. Programs are currently under revision to offer the best learning experience possible.
Recognizing the importance of higher education to society, the state also has a total of 18 institutions of higher education, with more than 2,000 professionals graduating each year.
BCS is the headquarters of important centers of investigation and technological development trajectory that supports national and international levels. These centers contribute through their research, to the generation of knowledge, both theoretical and factual, in various disciplines. This means that the state has one of the best infrastructures nationwide in research in the field of marine science. Institutions that standout include the Centro de Investigaciones Biológicas del Noroeste (CIBNOR), Centro Interdisciplinario de Ciencias Marinas (CICIMAR), Centro Regional de Investigaciones Pesqueras (CRIP) and Centro de Investigación Científica y de Educación Superior de Ensenada (CICESE).
The State University, Universidad Autónoma de Baja California Sur (UABCS) develops lines of research lines in three fundamental areas: marine science, agricultural science and social sciences and humanities.