The First Secretary of the Party Central Committee and President of the Republic, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, wished on Monday a happy restart of the 2020-2021 school year, at the provincial event in Havana, held at the Pedro Domingo Murillo elementary school in Ciudad Libertad.
As of this November 15, with the incorporation of children from preschool to fifth grade, the more than 1.7 million general education students are already in the classrooms. Manuel Marrero Cruz, member of the Political Bureau and Prime Minister, and Ena Elsa Velázquez Cobiella, Minister of Education, also shared the joy of the day.
In Cuba, for the family’s peace of mind, children return to the classrooms vaccinated against a disease that has blinded many lives in the world.
In recognition of their extraordinary participation and consecration as isolation centers, the special school Abel Santamaría, Hanna Alkadaffi daycare center and the Varona teachers’ residence were awarded the Valientes por la vida (Brave for Life) Seal -a one-time award granted by the National Union of Education, Science and Sports Workers.
Cuban schools revive
Rufina Lara Argudín and Nelsa Tumbarel Regeifero, educators who participated in the Literacy Campaign, which is about to celebrate its 60th anniversary, also received their awards from Manuel Marrero Cruz and Reinaldo García Zapata, Governor of Havana.
Claudia Ocaña Meneses, 6th grade pioneer, expressed her happiness for returning to school and thanked all those who made it possible.
Honored to be Cuban, she acknowledged “the scientists, for following Fidel‘s visionary idea of developing science on a social scale; the State, the Party… We are a people of Homeland or Death”.
Like Claudia, in the capital alone, as of this Monday, more than 20,100 preschool children, more than 104,000 children from 1st to 5th grades of primary education, and 6,075 children in special education are attending school. The smiles of the children and the unlimited dedication of the teachers returned to the more than 1,200 educational institutions of the territory, both those who are just starting out and those who have devoted their whole lives to the profession.
In them, as Yoania Falcón Suárez, provincial director of Education, said in the central words, is the commitment to raise the quality of the teaching-educational process, as faithful followers of the ideas and example of Martí and Fidel.
Also present were Luis Antonio Torres Iríbar, first secretary of the Provincial Committee of the Party in Havana, and as special guest Manuel (Manu) Pineda, member of the European Parliament.