Educator Workshop in Cuba
April 20-29, 2023
University of Havana - Havana, Cuba
Escape the cold and join us in the tropical warmth of Havana to learn about the education system on the island of Cuba. The class will include visits to elementary and middle/secondary schools in Cuba. We will also have a tour of the historic University of Havana and a special education school. Arts education will be observed in several out-of-school settings.
This course will be eligible for 3 recertification credits for teachers’ licensure. Click on the pdf brochure for more information:
Nicolás Estévanez Murphy Primary School is one of the schools we have visited
This video is of their festival celebrations in 2021
Cuba is unique. Cuba has fabulous beaches, towns and cities. Havana, one of the oldest cities of the hemisphere, is full of history, art and culture. But because of its socialist Revolution in 1959, Cuba has been isolated from the United States, only 90 miles away, and has developed a society unlike any other. Cuba for the open minded poses intriguing questions: how does this socialist nation survive where the strongest capitalist nation on earth, the United States, has imposed an embargo— or as the Cubans say, a "Bloqueo" (blockade)— against Cuba for 60 years? Why has the United States been hostile toward Cuba since the revolution led by Fidel Castro and his colleagues? How have the arts, culture, economy and politics of Cuba been shaped by its isolation? What does the future hold for the hope of a relationship based on friendship between these two American republics and neighbors?
During the Obama administration hostility toward Cuba abated. However, President Trump reasserted the Monroe Doctrine put forth by President Monroe in 1823 (which announced the United States' intention to exert hegemonic control over the Americas). In a renewal of Cold War politics, the Trump administration established regulations to restrict Cuban travel and trade for the people of the United States, with the goal of keeping neighbors apart and unknown to each other. The Biden administration so far has not rolled back any of the Trump restrictions. Even so, US citizens can still enjoy trade and travel to Cuba. Under provisions outlined in the General License of the US Office of Foreign Assets Control, travel to this special Island remains educational, lawful and fun.