With the future in their hands

Thousands of new classrooms, especially in rural areas were opened but teachers were needed for an enrollment of over one million students. The call of Fidel, Cuba became a huge voluntarily school where they taught others about.

Just a year and a half later, on December 22, 1961, the leader of the Revolution proclaimed the victory over ignorance. “We have won a great battle and we must call it: battle for victory against illiteracy in our country has been achieved through a great battle,” Fidel announced that day.

Instructing and educating

If today the country is proudly supported by more than a million graduates of higher level and if the average schooling reaches nine degrees, is the result of a persistent and undeniable political will.

But little could be done without a hotbed of teachers who live in the wake of Varela, Knight, Light, Martí, or Varona, a tradition that is also part of the recently defunct Relys Leonela, creator of the literacy method Yo si I can, now used on all four corners of the world.

Heirs of those precursors for the daily work noes teachers only instruct but also educate, a task that cannot dent or material shortages, and the needs of everyday life, for in their hands lies the future of the nation.

Translated by: Daysi Olano Fernandez 

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