Las Tunas - Art education is undoubtedly one of the Cuban Revolution’s most significant achievements, and a treasure that must be preserved, which is why, as part of his visit to the province, the President of the Republic of Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, toured the Cucalambé Professional Art School, and interacted with students and teachers there.
The school's director, Nurys Cantallops, explained to the visitors that art education in Las Tunas has a 45-year history, and the school is celebrating its 30th anniversary at the current site.
The school currently has an enrollment of 333 students from several eastern provinces, in the specialties of music, dance and more recently also includes the National Clown School.
During his visit to the institution, Diaz-Canel asked about resources available to support the school’s mission, as well as limitations, and toured classrooms, the residence, and computer labs.
The Cucalambé, with both elementary and middle school programs, had the best academic results in eastern Cuba last year.
During his dialogue with the school’s director Diaz-Canel recalled the importance of staff development, to develop better quality education, asking, as well, about community work and accomplishments in this arena.
He enjoyed presentations by students, congratulating them and their teachers for the work they do and for their daily efforts despite tensions facing the country, and signed the visitors' book.
The Cuban President was accompanied by Alejandro Gil Fernández, deputy Prime Minister and head of Economy and Planning, and Alpidio Alonso, minister of Culture, making evident the importance that Cuban society attaches to educating younger generations, and to culture, as indispensable to Cuban national identity.
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