The panel dedicated to the historic leader of the Revolution Fidel Castro led to the theoretical debate of Pedagogía 2017
February 1, 2017
When addressing the meeting of the panel Fidel Castro: Educator de la esperanza (breeder of hope), which opened the theoretical debates of Pedagogía 2017 at the Convention Palace, the honorary president of the Asociación de Pedagógos de Cuba Lesbia Cánovas Fabelo recalled a phrase by Fidel: “The teacher is the soul of the Revolution”, which she likes to remember the most.
The outstanding teacher summarized the evolution of the national education system since 1959, especially from the teachers´ perspective.
“Fidel advocated Marti´s concept of the school-work relationship, especially when it came to teacher trainees. He conceived a teacher who learned the profession at school, with the practice in the classroom, and contributed in time to the school´s development”, she stressed.
Brazilian theologian Frei Betto said that to know Fidel, two main sources of his education have to be considered: José Martí and the education of the Jesuits. “He was a man of values, but he had a very strong spiritual energy to stay true to them”, he highlighted.
The voice of the youngest was also heard in the meeting, represented by the Chair of the High School Student Federation, Leyanis Burgos Ruano from the Fulgencio Oroz Pedagogical School in Havana. Leyanis said that she took education as her vocation inspired by the teachings of the Commander in Chief, and stated that she is proud of defending the Revolution from the classrooms.
Journalist Katiuska Blanco, who has written various books on Fidel, stressed that he espoused a new education, whose essential components were love; the eagerness for arousing the desire of comprehensive knowledge based on the surrounding reality; education for living plently in harmony with nature and culture, and the importance of forging character, spirituality, open-handedness, kindness and strong determination, Marti´s ideas of goodwill and virtue.
“All those were the keys she considered indispensable for the education of human beings in happiness, fulfillment, freedom and dignity, in tune with mankind and the possible universes”, she said.
Venezuela´s Minister of Education Elías Jaua, highlighted that Fidel´s personal support alongside Chávez was essential for the Misión Robinson, which freed his country from illiteracy, with millions of people who finished the primary level, entered the university and trained as physicians.
“Fidel fulfilled, like no one else, Marti´s expression ´Let Venezuela call on me to serve her: I am her son.´ He had many tasks and fulfilled with efficacy and discipline; for that reason he is a beloved son of the free, hardworking and patriotic Venezuelan people.”
Today over 2,000 participants from 40 countries will have the chance to hear the special address by 2014 Nobel Peace Prizewinner Kailash Satyarthi, to visit school centers in Havana and to take part in the debates and presentations about the pedagogical work nowadays.
Translated by ESTI