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US children learn more about Cuba thanks to cultural program

Washington, Apr 12 (Prensa Latina) Children from the Harriet Tubman Elementary School, in the capital of the United States, can say today they know a little more about Cuba thanks to a cultural and educational exchange program.

The public project is called Embassy Adoption Program through which embassies accredited in Washington DC – including Cuba – participate to promote cultural ties.

Thus, the group of students arrived at the Cuban embassy in this capital and spent an entire morning there. When the head of the Mission, Lianys Torres, welcomed them, she wished them a good stay and that they would be able to learn from all the cultural wealth of their country. “We already had two meetings in the school itself with the students, with whom we talked about our national symbols, our martyrs, fights for independence and our country in general,” diplomat David Ramírez explained to Prensa Latina.

Now the students returned the visit. They shared a dance class with Adrián Valdivia, a Venezuelan with Cuban rhythms in his bloodstream, who served as their teacher.

For Valdivia – a member of the DCCasineros group – his goal has been to “put Cuba at the top and to understand the idiosyncrasy of Cuban dance and music.”

It is essential – and in this way he wanted to transmit it to children – “that the public outside of Cuba understands that the island is actually the cradle from which the music that is often commercially called salsa came from, but you have to know that this is Cuban. contemporary, timba, songo, with different elements.”

Génesis Xiomara García thought it was fantastic. She said that Cuban music invites her to dance, while Austin Conde was attracted when they told him about her visit to the Cuban embassy.

Austin was interested in knowing more about the music of a country that he would one day like to know. The same was stated by Emily Rocha, who mentioned details of the history of the Caribbean nation and its sport.

Ella Rocha confessed that she hopes to visit Cuba sometime to learn more, “it would be very nice.”

Mainly – added Ramírez, Secretary of Culture of the Cuban Embassy – fifth and sixth grade students from Washington DC public schools participate in the program.

“For us it has been a great success to bring them to our embassy,” she stressed, highlighting that “the children danced and little by little they unfolded. “Music and dance served as cultural bridges.”

Harriet Tubman (Dorchester, Maryland, March 9, 1822–Auburn, March 10, 1913), registered at birth as Araminta Ross, was a fighter for the freedom of slaves in the United States.

After escaping slavery, she carried out 13 rescue missions in which she freed nearly 300 slaves.

After the end of the Civil War (1861-1865) she worked hard to achieve women’s right to vote.