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Cuban education suffers from US blockade

Havana, Oct 23 (Prensa Latina) Students and teachers in Cuba currently suffer the effects of the blockade imposed by the United States on Cuba, which prevents basic study materials from arriving in classrooms and hinders academic exchanges.

From March 2022 to February 2023, the damage caused by the US economic, commercial, and financial siege to the Cuban educational sector amounts to 75,551,799 dollars, according to data presented by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MINREX) in a report on the necessity to end Washington hostile policy.

The US measures hindered the purchase of materials to produce books and pamphlets, which made it impossible to have textbooks for the third level of the national education system.

Due to the cancellation of a line of credit associated with a Canadian factory’s decision to stop producing for Cuba because of the blockade, the Caribe Newspapers and Publishing Companies have stopped the production of 76.9 million notebooks, books, exercise books, and medical prescriptions and 97.4 million copies of newspapers.

The unilateral siege prevents Cuban professors, students, and professionals from participating in several virtual events and limits their access to specialized databases.

To alleviate these problems, Cuba’s education sector is implementing several measures to guarantee students a quality and free education.

Cuba will once again submit a resolution to the United Nations General Assembly on November 1-2 calling for the lifting of the US blockade. The vast majority of UN members have supported this resolution for decades.

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