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In West African communities, oral tradition is the norm. Knowing how to read and write depends on formal schooling, which is inaccessible to many citizens. In Guinea-Bissau, the literacy rate is around 55% (45% for women) and even lower in rural areas where Tostan works. This is why many Community Empowerment Program (CEP) participants were enthusiastic to gain basic literacy skills with Tostan.
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