Timor-Leste on track to achieve literacy by 2015

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Jose Ramos Horta, President of Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste

Timor-Leste is on course to achieve full adult literacy by 2015, according to its President José Ramos Horta.

President Ramos Horta spoke during a Security Council meeting on the Asian country on Wednesday.

He said Timor-Leste was recovering from the 2006 crisis when violence, started by a mutiny in the army, broke out in the capital Dili and the surrounding areas.

President Horta said the country is making progress in its economic and social development and cited in particular improvements in education.

"School enrolment in Timor-Leste jumped from a modest 63 per cent in 2006 to 90 per cent now for basic education, according to the 2010 National Census. In the past three years close to 200,000 adults have graduated from illiteracy to functioning literacy and Timor-Leste will proclaim full adult literacy by 2015."
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