Hosted by Chicago Cuba Coalition
2229 S Halstead, SEIU Hall, Chicago (Parking In Rear), 6 P.M.
“To educate is to give man the keys to the world, which are independence and love, and to give him strength to journey on his own, light of step, a spontaneous and free being.” – Jose Marti, Cuban Independence Leader
Meet Cuban Literacy Teacher-Griselda Aguilera Cabrera
The 7-year-old teacher in Cuba’s 1961 Revolutionary Literacy Campaign
Food, Reception, Award-Winning Maestra Film, Presentation & Discussion
Donation: $5, no one turned away
• In 1961-1,000,000 Revolutionary Cubans Abolished Illiteracy in 1 year
• 11 Million People in 30 Countries have become Literate through Cuba’s “Yes I Can” Program since 2000
• 32 Million U.S. Adults Can’t Read: What are We Doing About It?
Most of the literacy teachers in Cuba in 1961 were young women, and they were transformed by their experience. Featured in the renowned documentary “Maestra,” Griselda Aguilera Cabrera wasthe youngest of these teachers. Only 7 years old, Griselda volunteered to help make literacy universal in Cuba. “I taught literacy to a 58- year old man, Carlos Perez Isla, who was a street cleaner and totally illiterate. This experience was seared into me with such force that it defined my future. From that moment, I decided to dedicate my life to teaching.” Now retired from her career as an educator, Griselda works with the Cuban Psychology Society’s Working Group on Identity and Diversity, in activities to combat homophobia, racial discrimination, prejudice against people with HIV/AIDS, and violence against women and girls.
END THE BLOCKADE: THE ECONOMIC, FINANCIAL AND COMMERCIAL WAR ON CUBA!
U.S. OUT OF GUANTANAMO NOW!
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