Cuban Education, Another US Blockade Target

Havana, Sep 29 (PL) The more that 50-year, U.S. imposed, economic, financial and commercial blockade on Cuba has had a strong negative impact on the educational system of the Caribbean nation.

According to data provided by the Ministry of Education (MINED), very significant damage has been made, given the importance attached by the Caribbean country to full access to an equitable and quality education.

According to the governmental entity, the blockade is the main reason why the United States and Cuba do not have mechanisms for service exports – an area in which the Caribbean nation enjoys prestige internationally – or for feedback between their respective education systems.

The unilateral action has caused other direct problems such as the lack of laboratories and specialized equipment for teaching languages and technical disciplines, the shortage of resources for the preservation of historical documents, the decline in the availability of texts and the increase in the cost of special education.

The restrictions imposed by the blockade has also limited the plans of several publishing houses for school libraries and information centers, MINED stated.

The entity also noted that given the impossibility of using the dollar as currency for foreign trade, Cuba has often faced difficulties in the payment of educational services to third parties, as many banks fear U.S. sanctions and fines.

However, despite the limitations and shortcomings caused by the U.S. blockade, authorities, teachers and MINED staff in Cuban schools have reaffirmed their willingness to further develop the national education system.

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