The UNESCO Director General, Irina Bokova, praised here today the high quality of the Cuban literacy method Yes I can, while recognized the educational history of the country.
Speaking to reporters, Bokova said Cuba is an important example for other countries in education with this method that is implemented in different regions of the planet as part of education campaigns. She added that recently had the opportunity to visit a literacy center in a community in Timor Leste that successfully applies Yes, I can, "which we are trying to enter in several African nations."
During her working visit to the Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA), declared National Monument for its high value and architectural heritage, Bokova received a detailed information of this art schools work.
The ISA rector, Rolando Gonzalez Patricio, said the center is a result of the development achieved by Cuba in art education, and since its founding in 1976, has not only received students from around the country, but also from different regions, especially in Latin America, Africa and Europe.
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Gonzalez also announced that next year they will open a sixth school aimed at training professionals in conservation and restoration of art and museological works, from the experience gained in 15 years in this field.
Patricio Gonzalez highlighted the links between ISA and UNESCO through the grant system, and the feedback mechanisms they maintain with other cultures by serving as stage for important events or performances by renowned artists.
In her first visit to Cuba as director general of UNESCO, Bokova will visit the UNESCO regional headquarters for Latin America and the Caribbean, the Museum of Literacy and the International School of Film and Television in San Antonio de los Baños.
By Thursday, the last day of Bokova stay in the island, her agenda includes a meeting at the Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, and a tour of the Historical Center of Old Havana, declared in 1982 a World Heritage Site with its system of colonial fortifications.