Cuban Five Call Education Experts Worldwide to Fight for a Better World

2010.02.09 - 13:28:41 /

HAVANA, CUBA.-  One of the five Cuban antiterrorist fighters who remain unjustly imprisoned in the United States, Antonio Guerrero, called education experts from different parts of the world attending the University 2010 International Congress in Havana to fight for a better world, in a message read by lawyer Cindy O´ Hara in the opening session of the event on Monday.


On behalf of his colleagues Fernando Gonzalez, Gerardo Hernandez, Ramon Labañino and Rene Gonzalez (plus Antonio Guerrero, internationally known as the Cuban Five), Guerrero sent fraternal greetings to participants in the Congress and encouraged them to consolidate the social mission of higher education centers.


The Cuban Five, decorated with the Heroes of the Republic of Cuba distinction, were condemned in Miami to outrageous sentences for monitoring extremist groups based in Florida with the purpose of warning Cuba of violent actions perpetrated by these organizations.


Omar Herrera, executive secretary of the Congress, highlighted the attendance of some 2,500 delegates from more than 60 countries including Cuba, Venezuela, Spain, Brazil, Argentina, Ecuador and Mexico.


In the meantime, China’s Deputy Education Minister Wang Liying said the meeting will focus on current challenges of higher education, while Spanish Education Minister Angel Gabilondo thanked Cuba for providing a space for reflection and for putting out initiatives aiming at achieving a better world, in which education plays a key role.


Andrei Fursenko, Russia’s Science and Education Minister, said he was impressed by the Cuban educational achievements and reaffirmed his interest in fostering exchange with Cuba in the sector during the days of the Congress.


Meanwhile, Venezuelan Education Minister Hector Navarro said an anti-consumption and environmentalist educational model focused on raising awareness on the need to defend the human species and the planet, should be established.


The University 2010 International Congress is underway in Havana’s Convention Center thru February 12. It includes workshops, round tables and keynote lectures.

(Agencia Cubana de Noticias)

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