The Razor's Edge
2013-11-06 13:15:35 UTC
YENIA SILVA CORREA
IN the more than 50 years of the Cuban Revolution, millions of
dollars have been accumulating in lost revenue as a direct
consequence of the economic, financial and commercial blockade
imposed by the U.S. on the country. Education is a sphere of great
social benefit which has not escaped this reality.
From March 2012 to April 2013 alone, revenue lost from goods and
service exports amounted to more than $80,000.
One loss which has affected Cuba for a long time is the geographical
relocation of trade, which means acquiring necessary goods from
distant markets, considerably increasing transportation costs.
In concrete figures, the situation is as follows: in 2012 the transfer of
goods purchased for the education sector cost $1.12 million. If these
products had been purchased in the southern United States they
would have cost only $543,800. This additional expenditure means
having to buy less than the necessary amount of other goods. A case
in point is that only 100 Natural Science modules for elementary
schools were purchased this year. Similarly, this complication makes
obtaining essential resources to develop skills in Vocational
Education, Geography and Language very difficult.
In Arts Education, because of the U.S. imposed blockade, it has not
been possible to buy musical instruments and audio equipment for
all institutions in the sector. Acquiring parts to repair instruments in
Music Schools has also been affected. The impossibility of using the
U.S. dollar in Cuban trade has forced the country to pay sums well
above the contracted rate to obtain raw materials used for producing
The genocidal policy of the blockade prevents exchanges between
Cuban and U.S. academic institutions, seriously obstructing the
development of Computation Science. Many of the licenses needed
to access these tools must be paid to U.S. companies but existing
restrictions prevent this.
Despite these concrete examples, the Cuban government continues
to uphold the fundamental right to education of all its people.