Over 30,000 Africans have graduated from Cuban universities

Source:  Granma
May 25, 2016

by: AIN | internet@granma.cu

The University of Havana marked Africa Day, celebrated each May 25, with a panel discussion entitled “Rethinking Africa, its history and contemporaneity”

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A bronze statue of Ghanaian leader, Kwame Nkrumah, presides over the entrance of the headquarters of the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, as a tribute to this pioneer of African independence. Photo: Reuters

The University of Havana marked Africa Day, celebrated each May 25, with a panel discussion entitled “Rethinking Africa, its history and contemporaneity”.

During the event, the strong bonds of brotherhood that unite both peoples, stemming from solidarity efforts, and the benefits of cooperation in sectors such as education, health and sports were highlighted.

Clara Pulido, coordinator for Africa and the Middle East of the International Relations Office of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba, noted that consolidating peace, independence and regional integration for development, are common goals.

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Dr. Matsobane Lekalakala who was trained in Cuba and now works at Thabaleshoba Health Centre in Limpopo,South Africa

Referring to social programs and the training of human resources, she explained that more than 30,000 Africans have graduated from Cuban universities.

 

In the presence of African diplomats, academics and students, Pulido highlighted Cuban collaboration in countries of the African Union (AU), and especially the work of the medical brigade that fought the Ebola epidemic in Guinea Conakry, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

She also expressed thanks for the support provided by member states of the AU in the island’s fight to end the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States for over half a century.

The independence of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic

Regarding pending issues for the African continent, Pulido pointed to the independence of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, whose territories are still occupied by Morocco.

juan_almeida_bosqueShe also stressed the strong African heritage in Cuba, antonio maceo 5c.jpg

referring to national heroes such as Antonio Maceo and Juan Almeida Bosque.

The event also provided an opportunity to commemorate the 130th anniversary of the abolition of slavery in the Caribbean nation.

One thought on “Over 30,000 Africans have graduated from Cuban universities

  1. The ability and capacity of Cuba to provide training to 30,000 Africans from all over the African continent is just one more manifestation of the success of its anti-imperialist and socialist revolution.

    The anti-imperialist and socialist character of Cuba’s revolution is unmistakably what made it possible for the revolution to expropriate its resources from the local and foreign capitalists to invest them in education and scholarships for foreign students such as Africans, health care, sports and other spheres in the society.

    Alternatively expressed, Cuba’s socialist revolution is able to provide technical training to tens of thousands of students including Africans from all over the developing world because since the revolution triumphed the resources of the country including the profits and taxes of Cuban and foreign firms operating in the country are being invested to improve the lives of Cubans, extend fraternal assistance to other people’s and develop the country.

    Thus, the action of the revolutionary government led by the indomitable Fidel Castro to recover its resources that have been exploited by the local oligarchy and foreign corporations is really the foundation of the revolution that has provided training to 30,000 Africans in medicine, engineering, economics, nursing, mathematics, agronomy and other fields that are critical to Africa’s socio-economic development.

    For anyone who may doubt the accuracy of the revolutionary basis for Cuba’s ability to train so many Africans over the life of the revolution, it would probably be worthwhile to pose and respond to the following questions:

    First, why is it that the Cuba was unable to train African and other students by providing every single one of them with scholarships and material accommodations prior to the revolution in 1959?

    Second, why is it that Cuba was and is capable of providing not only scholarships but also the technical training, professors, classrooms, textbooks, laboratories, dormitories, health care services and other resources for 30,000 African students over these years of revolution despite the criminal economic blockade against the Cuban people and their revolution?

    Third, why is it that no other small developing country whether in Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America or Asia is capable of providing training to 30,000 Africans or West Indians, Asians or Latin Americans though some no doubt have the will but not the means to do so?

    Fourth, why is it that Cuba before the revolution was even unable to provide sufficient training to its own people in medicine, engineering, mathematics and a range of other vital skills including basic literacy that were required for its prosperity and development?

    Fifth, what exactly impeded Cuba from delivering the internationalist solidarity in education culture, health and sporting cooperation with Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America and Asia?

    The short and direct answer is that prior to January 1st 1959 Cuba, like Africa, the rest of the Caribbean and Latin America, Cuba was a neo-colony of US and Western imperialism. The latter meant that the big banks, manufacturing plants, agribusinesses, lands and other resources were privately owned and controlled mainly by US interests and those of the Cuban oligarchy and mafioso. Consequently, the profits made by these private local and foreign capitalist businesses were never used for investments in education, health care, housing and the other critical needs of the majority of the Cuban people.

    Indeed, billions of dollars in profits made by these private businesses in Cuba were sent abroad to be deposited in American, British and other foreign banks just as is being done in other parts of the developing world such as Africa and the Caribbean that are being underdeveloped by capitalist and imperialist exploitation of the resources including labor today.

    Today, no country in the world including the mighty empire to Cuba’s north can impose on the Cuba government what should be the size of its national budget or the size of its education or health budget or how many scholarships it should offer to Africans or West Indians or even American students who can no longer afford college education in the US.

    The reason for the latter is that Cuba is truly free, sovereign and independent because thanks to its revolution, it is Cubans not Americans or Chinese or French or Russians or any other power that control their resources and their policy decisions over their resources.

    In this regards, Cuba’s anti-imperialist and socialist revolution despite its many challenges such as shortages of some consumer goods, transportation difficulties because of the inadequacy of spare parts and above all despite the nearly 60 year old US economic blockade, the Cuban revolution has been able to demonstrate to the world that another world is possible.

    The training of 30,000 African students and many thousands more from other parts of the world is just one example of Cuba’s international solidarity that shows beyond any doubt that another world is possible. Another shining example of Cuba’s demonstration that another world is possible is its military defeat of the racist South African army’s invasion of Angola in 1975 and yet another is its expeditious response to the devastating earthquakes in Haiti (2010),Nepal (2015) and Ecuador(2016).

    Cuba’s ability to provide multiple assistance to Africans and other peoples around the globe confirms beyond any doubt, the words of the revolutionary African-American historian and confidant of the great leader Malcolm X, John Henri Clarke, who said,”There is only one answer revolution.”

    “Another world is possible for all of us on this planet”

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