The future in the faces of children

The José Martí Pioneers’ Organization’s National Assembly, held this weekend, July 16-17, debated issues facing children across the country, and sent Fidel and Raúl tokens of their affection.

Sunday, July 17, hundreds of Cuban youngsters celebrated Children’s Day a bit differently. On this occasion, along with the smiles and enthusiasm typical of their age, delegates to the José Martí Pioneers’ Organization (OPJM) National Assembly cast a critical eye on their schools and communities; asserted that the rifle of these times is education; and reaffirmed their confidence that they are the country’s future.

In addition to the debate planned for the event, the hall was filed with applause when the group sent Fidel and Raúl sculptures of a Cuban Pioneer and the country’s single-star flag, respectively. The two gifts were accepted by Olga Lidia Tapia Iglesias, member of the Party Central Committee Secretariat, who also spoke at the gathering, emphasizing that the children of today are the hope, the future, and the guarantee that in Cuba the Revolution is forever.

Comments from the 270 delegates, representing the organization’s thousands of members across the country, were an undeniable demonstration of the vitality and commitment of the country’s youngest generations. Calls to be better students, to strengthen the study of history and career interest circles were heard more than once.

Delegates also took time to honor veterans of the assault on the Moncada Garrison and expeditionaries of the Granma yacht, as well as more recent heroes such as Ramón Labañino and Antonio Guerrero, of the Cuban Five, unjustly imprisoned in the U.S. for 16 years. Also attending was Elián González, now a young man.

Comandante de la Revolución Guillermo García Frías called on the children to keep the homeland in their hearts and the ideas of Fidel in their minds, reminding them that these are times when the unity of past and present generations is crucial.

Also attending were Ena Elsa Velázquez, minister of Education; Aymara Guzmán Carrazana, OPJM president; Susely Morfa González, first secretary of the Young Communists League National Committee; and other representatives of the Party Central Committee.

Yaditza del Sol González,

July 18, 2016

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