Today is a significant day for Cuban Education. When most of the schools opened last September 1st, the reticence was logical. Strict hygienic and distance measures were imposed to resume schooling in part of the country, the 2019-2020 school year, which was interrupted by the pandemic.
After months of televised classes, families and the teaching staff took on the challenge of consolidating and evaluating acquired knowledge, in a context marked by nasobucos, hand disinfection… and strict epidemiological surveillance.
According to the authorities of the sector, the effort was worthwhile. Preserving the well-being of students, teachers, and workers was the main concern, and it was achieved without cases of transmission in these centers. Thanks to this and to the fulfillment of the schedule, this November 2nd, the 2020-2021 school year starts throughout the Island, except in Havana, Ciego de Avila, Pinar del Río and Sancti Spíritus.
The capital, after a complex re-growth of the COVID-19, can finally reopen its educational centers today; but during five weeks the contents of the previous course will be systematized, and it will not be until December 7th that the current one will begin.
The municipalities of San Cristóbal, in Artemisa, and Cárdenas, in Matanzas, which began teaching activities at a later date, will inaugurate the new school year on November 9 and 23, respectively. Pinar del Río, Ciego de Ávila and Sancti Spíritus will depend on the evolution of their epidemiological situations.
The scenario of danger and uncertainty imposed by the disease has brought out strengths of the Cuban educational system, able to react in a flexible way, and to adapt -with celerity- not only to the general situation, but also to the particularities of each territory.
In order to overcome the corresponding objectives, some contents are adapted in time, students’ specific needs are diagnosed, other teaching means are used and new evaluation methods are implemented, such as the integrating works, under defined methodological guidelines. Spaces have also been reconditioned and schedules redistributed.
The authorities of the nation accompany the family in their concerns for the health of the students and, therefore, resuming the pace of teaching has been a gradual and contextualized process.
In spite of all the care that the current situation imposes, when the daily routine is resumed and the threat of SARS-COV-2 is in force, few results offer as much hope as the schools that open every morning and manage to provide students with education, instruction and safety.
(Taken from Granma)