Elio Delgado Legón
HAVANA TIMES – One of the historical achievements of the Cuban Revolution is providing free and quality education at all levels and types of education. To that effect our historical leader, Fidel Castro, expressed: “A true culture of protection and preservation of schools, their resources and equipment, should be developed in children, teachers, parents, neighbors and all the people. Nothing created can be more noble, human, motivating and beneficial than a school.”
Precisely, on September 2, the 2019-2020 school year began throughout Cuba, a fact that, like every year, was a party for all the students, teachers and family, which is a joy for the entire population.
In general education the course began for 1.7 million students, which will be attended by 162,000 teachers, in 10,700 educational institutions.
Despite the economic limitations created by the US blockade, uniforms could be made for all children and adolescents, which meant making 3.125 million pieces of clothing.
There were also 16,933,584 notebooks distributed, which covers all the needs and are given to students for free, along with pencils and other materials.
Undoubtedly, the preparations to start the new school year with the essential materials has been an effort of builders who have participated in the repair and maintenance of schools, and also of teachers and parents of students, who have participated in the organization of the beginning of the course, which this year has a slightly higher enrollment than the previous one.
It has also been an effort of the government, having to import fabrics and other materials from distant countries, due to the ironclad blockade of the United States. However, no child is without a school, a teacher, a uniform, writing books or pencils.
How many underdeveloped countries can say the same?
There have been attempts to denigrate Cuban education, based on lies, but the truth always prevails and children show their best smiles of happiness at the beginning of the course.
The same applies to young people who enter or continue university studies, because in Cuba, a small country of only 11 million inhabitants, there are 50 universities in which 250,000 students are enrolled this course, who do so with the assurance that when they Graduate they will have a secured job, which is not common in other nations.
A characteristic of Cuban Higher Education, as of this course, is that during the last year of their education, students will be linked to the work centers where they will be placed when they graduate, which will familiarize them with their future work.
Another novelty of Higher Education, as of this course, is the opening of an important number of short-cycle careers, two or three years long, which prepares the student to perform in a specialty that does not require studying four or five years like the other fields.
Difficulties there are and will be, as long as we have to suffer the economic war of imperialism, but the Cuban State always defends the main conquests of the people, and there is nothing more stimulating than seeing the happy smiles of children and young people at the beginning of every new school year.