By Reynaldo La O

 

HAVANA TIMES – On September 2, a new school year started in Cuba. For many children of the first level of education, the beginning of a new life full of surprises, for others, the return to the classroom means the embrace of a friend, dusting off old notebooks for collective uses and maybe even sharing class with a new teacher.

What is real is that it is still an important moment, despite the scary faces at first sight, impressed by so many kids around.  Its a time to enjoy, from leaving home early on the way to school so as not to be late and so on until the last class shift.

From the city of Guantánamo I give you these images of the first day of the 2019-2020 school year.

 

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12 thoughts on “School Year Begins in Cuba (Photo Feature)

  • Cuba could only become “a great nation” if the totalitarian communist dictatorship ended and freedom and democracy introduced. Dignity and integrity of government are denied under the communist system.
    Without “sanctions” Cuba would remain exactly as it is – a rotten system denying freedom of thought, freedom of action, freedom of movement, freedom of speech and freedom of information. GAESA the military holding company operated by Raul Castro’s son-in-law would continue to control the economy, the policy of creating a proletariat “mass” would continue as would repression – some “Paradise”!
    Comparison with Africa is nonsensical. Cuba has over five hundred years of European based history, with cities established over five hundred years ago, with education, universities and libraries. In the 19th century it was a Cuban Dr, Carlos Finlay who found the cause of yellow fever.
    The link to Africa is solely that of slavery, and the wonderful Afro-Cubano music.
    Incidentally “solo” you don’t say whether you hope to go to Africa or Cuba as a volunteer or what beneficial assets you would provide?

  • Go to: cubaparticular.com it is operated by a very capable helpful Cuban named Raul Fuentes.
    airBnB is a US outfit which was a late comer on the casa particular market and charges sweetly for its services. The affect of its entry was to increase prices.
    When booking accommodation with cubaparticular.com, you do not pay any fee. You pay the owner directly upon your arrival. Take Canadian currency with you and change at a cadeca when you require Cuban CUC or pesos (both are legal only within Cuba).
    To check my comments, look up the cubaparticular.com site and you will find accommodation throughout Cuba. If you seek to absorb the way Cubans live – and yet be able to visit Havana easily, take a look at Guanabo which lies some 15 miles east of Havana – bus service is available.

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