HAVANA, Cuba, Jan 24 (ACN) Cuba's permanent delegation to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) joined today with satisfaction and enthusiasm the celebration, for the first time, of International Education Day, according to a statement issued in Paris.
According to the text, for Havana the recognition of this International Day constitutes "a fact of high significance and value in the world we live in, where education represents one of the crucial vehicles for achieving much more equitable and just societies," reports the Prensa Latina agency.
Education is vital, it added, to "contribute to the full development of the human being, face the great challenges of humanity and the planet, build peace and move forward with solid steps towards the goals we have set with the Objectives of the Agenda for Sustainable Development 2030.
The delegation also recalled that since the triumph of the Cuban Revolution in 1959, education has been one of the main lines of development in the country.
In the midst of a highly complex political and economic scenario, the press release highlights, the National Literacy Campaign took place in 1961 with the participation of more than 250,000 volunteers, who took on the task of making one million people literate in one year.
Since then, "efforts to continue developing and raising the educational levels of the Cuban population have not stopped. The budget invested in education by the Cuban state has been consistently among the highest in the world," the document said, and said that this year the nation will invest 51 percent of its budget in public health and education.
It also highlighted the contribution of the largest of the Antilles to the education of other peoples in different continents, which constitutes "an inalienable practice, already established as a value and an ethical principle of solidarity of the Cuban people.
In this regard, it mentioned the example of the literacy program Yo sí puedo, developed since 2001, which has contributed to the literacy of five million people in 28 countries around the world.
This tool has been recognized by UNESCO for its positive results when it was awarded the King Sejong Literacy Prize in 2006.
"Cuba reaffirms its will and political commitment to continue invariably supporting and dedicating its greatest efforts to the development of quality education within everyone's reach, a path in which it will never renounce extending its hand of solidarity to other peoples of the world in this essential area for the development of Humanity," the text stated.