The reader and lantern that brought the light of teaching to the most inaccessible places of the green Cayman are recalled these days with different nuances. And it is that in this year(2011) we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the historic deed declaring Cuba: illiteracy free territory!
Fifty years after that heroic deed, those living the experience and those who joined the art of teaching some years later receive the homage of the grateful people.
After that December 22nd in 1961, teaching became one of the pillars of the Cuban Social Project. The words by Fidel when he said that the death of a teacher multiplied the work of those making theirs, the task assigned by a rising Revolution.
Half century after such important event, educators of the island picked up the reader in far-off spots and other nations where they receive the light that enlightened the first years of the rebel attempt coup.
In the southern region of Camaguey, citizens assumed the challenge of that deed and many of them still privilege us with their unforgettable anecdotes. Some of them are still active in the art of teaching.
For them, for those who are no longer physically among us, and for those who multiplied that army of numeracy and literacy all along these 50 years, the homage and acknowledgement will never be enough, because thanks to their sleepless nights, nowadays we are free, prepared, and educated country. (Yanayma Rodríguez Molina / Radio Santa Cruz)