Sunday April 10th noticed the annual assembly of the Nationwide Union of Academics. Amidst British delegates complaining of deceptive SATs, huge class sizes and low pay (resulting in a requirement for a 10 p.c or £3,000 value enhance) – a trainer from Cuba spoke of the training system in her homeland, and provided a glimmer of hope to those that have all however given up on Labour’s mantra: ‘Schooling Schooling Schooling.’ So what have the Cuban authorities carried out so effectively?
As reported by Individuals’s Weekly World, Lissette Rubio Mederos spoke fondly of the Cuban system and highlighted the progress that has been made out of 1959 when 25 p.c of Cubans had been illiterate, in comparison with the 0.2 p.c in the present day and a national training system that the United Nations ‘charges as among the best on the planet.’ Because the revolution, 99 p.c of youngsters now attend obligatory training to secondary degree which is free, and within the course of personal education has been fully eradicated.
Nevertheless it’s not simply major and secondary education that Cuba has seemingly reinvented during the last 50 years, a part of the success of the nation’s training system comes from the development of their larger and grownup training – and its integration into the group. In 1959 there have been simply Three universities in a rustic that’s simply 8,000 sq. miles smaller than England, but in the present day there are greater than 45 with one positioned in every province. Moreover, Cuba can be residence to a number of quick access training and diploma schemes such because the College For All programme that’s distributed through tv, and the College for the Aged – a community-based establishment particularly for OAPs.
A colleague of Mederos’s, Anna Fuertes, additionally recognized that one of many locations the Cuban training system appears to surpass others is in the best way training is taken into account a accountability of the group moderately than the faculties themselves. As a consequence, The Latin American Faculty of Medication may be seen as a pioneering establishment for providing 1,500 free scholarships a 12 months to college students in Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa and North America; it should even be famous that this establishment was established in 1998 while the notion of Open Content material is just simply starting to be mentioned within the UK in 2009.
The thought of free training and dealing past borders was reiterated in a paper written by Dr. Elvira Martin Sabhina entitled, Greater Schooling in Cuba within the 2000s: Previous and Future. Regardless of being written in 2003, the closing assertion nonetheless appears related and ahead considering, and goes some technique to summing up the place different training techniques can study from Cuba – Sabhina writes, “Cuba is prepared to share its expertise and to study from others. The problem is clearly outlined. The reply awaits for the Latin American and Caribbean college group to hitch efforts and political will, minds and souls to succeed in these excessive expectations.”