In Cuba you don’t need to pay to attend a school; and this is one of the most remarkable achievements made over the past 50 years. Once an unrealistic goal, the triumph of the January 1st, 1959 Cuban Revolution made the dream of education for all come true.
Since then, nobody stays at home. Some rush to their workplaces in the early hours of the morning to share their knowledge and experience with colleagues and with the youngest; while others continue learning in the classroom, and even from their homes.
In his May Day speech, in 1961, Commander in Chief Fidel Castro Ruz assured that "schools, university careers, arts, culture, honors were never intended for humble birth children …they were a privilege only of the minority."
Back then, Fidel also announced the enforcement of a new legislation nationalizing all private schools in Cuba; and said that "it is a duty of the State and the Revolution to organize and establish the principle of free education for all; and it is a duty of the people to help train the future generations."
Weeks later, on June 6, the Cuban revolutionary government issued the Nationalization of Education Law, which gave every Cuban citizen the access to free education, regardless of race or beliefs. Thanks to the new legislation, Cuba was able to finally get rid of the scourge of illiteracy once and for all, and show the world, as Fidel had said on December 22, 1961, that the country had indeed put four and a half centuries of ignorance in the past.
Later on, Cubans became increasingly eager to advance their education and so most people began pursuing secondary, pre-university and technical studies; and ultimately went to the university.
Cuba has made remarkable achievements in the field of education over 50 years of revolution. That’s why we Cubans are deeply proud of having free and efficient education for all, as one of the Revolution’s most outstanding gains.