Documentary on Internationalist Schools in Cuba Ends

Screen shot 2014-11-13 at 7.26.57 AMHavana, Nov 12 (Prensa Latina) The internationalist schools founded by Cuba in late 70s merged here the cultures of three continents, Cuban journalist Jorge Rojo stressed today, about to premiere a documentary on the subject.

The film takes the title of an exclamation by the then Tanzanian President Julius Nyerere when he visited the academic centers located in the Isle of Youth, about 150 kilometers south of Havana, and said there was no more beautiful place in the sun.

The 35-minute documentary covers the history of hundreds of thousands of foreign children, some illiterate and most very poorly educated, who had never even seen a school or a pen to write.

Those children became men and women in the Cuban academic centers, and after more than 15 years of study, they graduated in technical and university careers requested by their own countries in function of their particular development needs, the scriptwriter said.

The historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, proposed the idea to Angolan President Agostinho Neto, due to the precarious situation of the country after reaching its independence from colonialism.

Later, the governments from other liberated African nations began to ask Cuba the same solidarity support to facilitate the instruction of the new generations.

According to the filmmaker, this completely-free educational system finally welcomed students from 27 countries of Africa, Asia and Latin America, from 1977 to late 1990.

The author of the documentary entitled “Nada mas bello bajo el sol” (Nothing More Beautiful Under The Sun) published the book “Angola desafios” (Angola Challenges) during the previous International Book Fair of Havana, and directed the Verde Olivo newspaper in Internationalist Mission in Angola in the 70s.

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