Education Minister highlights changes in Cuban schools

Campaign News | Wednesday, 15 February 2006

All Cubans have access to high quality education

Havana, Feb 14 (AIN) On the second day of the 5th International Congress on Higher Education "Universidad 2006," Cuba's minister in that field highlighted the most important changes in the island's education system that have been implemented over the last few years.

In a keynote presentation entitled "Impact and Scope of Higher Pedagogic Education in Cuba," Minister Luis Ignacio Gomez, said efforts are aimed at achieving a system through which all Cubans have access to a high-quality education.

Gomez said the new challenges demand important changes in the education system so that the needs of all students are met. It also requires state-of-the-art resources that support the educational process.

Gomez said some new elements have revolutionized the Cuban education system, including the intensive training of primary-school teachers, multi-disciplinary teaching and the use of computers at all levels of education - from pre-school onward.

When referring to the expansion of higher education, Gomez pointed out that a new method is being employed based on the principle of training professors while involving them in internships from their earliest years of study.

The 5th International Higher Education Congreso "University 2006" kicked off in Havana on Monday with the participation of more than 1,000 Cuban delegates and another 2,000 guests from 70 countries.

Cuba, an Open University

Havana, Feb 12 (Prensa Latina) The 5th International Meeting on Higher Education, Universidad 2006, opening Monday in Havana, till the 17th, will contribute to spread progress in the socialization of knowledge.

The gathering will be attended by about 2,000 delegates from 70 countries, according to organizers.

Cuba has become a huge university, with 350,000 students studying in 744 higher education facilities in 169 municipalities countrywide.

Boasting full state support, Cuba"s program of universalization of higher education allows for an increased access of students who, for several reasons, did not continue their studies.

The method is based on remote education, not only using guides and books, but also state-of-the-art information technologies, placing the island in a better position to compete and face the challenges of the new millennium.

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