Havana, Feb 4 (Prensa Latina) The International Congress “Pedagogia 2013″ begins activities today with a master lecture by Cuban Education Minister Ena Elsa Velazquez, and a cultural event with about 500 students from art schools.
The scientific event, to be run until February 8, is one of the largest one of its kind in the country, and it expects the attendance of about 3,000 people from some 32 countries, authorities from the Ministry of Education (MINED) said at a news conference.
In order to promote the exchange of experiences among educators around the world and the socialization of scientific research results, “Pedagogia 2013″ includes activities such as conferences, panels, symposia and visits to institutions of interest.
According to Deputy Education Minister Cira Piñeiro, participants in the event will verify in practice Cuba’s pedagogical work and the alternatives developed in order to maintain quality in education despite the restrictions generated by the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States for more than 50 years.
The meeting, to be held at the Havana’s International Conference Center, will analyze issues related to the comprehensive formation of citizens, scientific and developing education, teacher training and education science.
The program includes speeches by personalities such as UNESCO Assistant Director-General Qian Tang, UNICEF representative in Cuba Seija Toro, and Secretary General of the Organization of American States, Alvaro Marchesi.
Also on the list are more than 2,000 works and papers, with countries such such as Venezuela, Mexico, Brazil and Angola among those with larger contribution.
The International Congress “Pedagogia 2013″ takes place every two years in this capital, and the current edition is dedicated to the 160th anniversary of the birth of Cuban national hero Jose Marti.