Havana, Apr 3 (Prensa Latina) Chile University Student Federation (FECH) Vice President Camila Vallejo defended the national drive for an inclusive higher education at the service of social development.
Vallejo that visits Havana to attend the celebrations on the 50th anniversary of the Young Communist League (UJC) called a necessity to eliminate Chile’s neoliberal education system which she defined as submissive to political and corporate interests.
At her first activity in Cuba, a meeting with members of the bureau of University Students Federation (FEU) on her Monday arrival, Vallejo said the goal of their demonstrations in Chile consists of building democratic alternatives in the sector.
Private education features are political repression and obstacles for the youth and academics to organize, and at times poor quality and poor ideological relations, showing its design to reproduce a pre-determined model.
The also leader of Juventudes Comunistas de Chile reminds there were some advances during the government of Unidad Popular (1970-1973) of President Salvador Allende that Augusto Pinochet dictatorship reverted from the September 1973 military bloody coup.
Vallejo -among thousands of Chilean youth- has been protagonist of the on going demonstrations in demand for public, free and quality education.
It is all about arranging money-free education, stressing on humanism and sciences- in line with national planning.
Other guests to the UJC fête along Vallejo are Juventudes Comunistas de Chile Secr. Gen. Karol Cariola and its Coordinator, Luis Lobos.
Their busy agenda through Apr 7 includes meeting with Cuban students, visits to Universities, cultural events like the presentation of the titles Ser un joven comunista by Karol Cariola, and Podemos cambiar el mundo of Camila Vallejo.
In interview with Cuban fellow students, FEU President Carlos Rangel explained the structure of his more than 140,000-member organization and the students’ participation in decision making and study program implementation.