U.S. blockade affects Cuban education

Havana (Prensa latina) – The economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the U.S. on Cuba for more than half a century negatively impacts the Cuban education sector.

According to the report entitled “The need to end the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States of America on Cuba,” education is the inalienable right of all Cubans and is a founding principle of the Revolution, as expressed in Article 39 of the constitution.

The blockade continues to create obstacles, sometimes insurmountable, to collaboration with other countries in the sphere of education in order to access technology, knowledge and educational material to raise the quality of the Cuban education system.

Special education has 982 teaching workshops dedicated to preparing students to be fully integrated into society and the workplace.

However, the restrictions imposed by the blockade impede access to primary materials, supplies, new technologies, equipment, tools, instruments, and utensils for the teaching workshops.

According to the report the situation affects more than 22,872 students with special education needs.  

In regards to computer education, the blockade denies access to necessary tools for the production of multi-media educational material and consulting references.

The necessary licenses to access these materials must be paid to U.S. companies, which is prevented by blockade regulations, costing Cuba millions in losses.