Education in Cuba

April 16 -23, 2022


University of Havana - Havana, Cuba

For Educators, Students, and Lawyers:

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 touch on covering primary, secondary, university and special education in Cuba and related legal issues. You will visit schools in Havana and engage with your Cuban educational counterparts on how they attempt to deliver a meaningful education in a socialist country experiencing dynamic changes in their economic and political systems. This trip will give students the opportunity to meet with students, passionate teachers, administrators and education policymakers in various educational settings in the beautiful backdrop of Havana, Cuba.  This course will be eligible for recertification credits for teachers’ licensure and CLEs for lawyers. 

Why Cuba?

              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.

Nicolás Estévanez Murphy Primary School is one of the schools we will visit in April 2022

This video is of their festival celebrations last month

Students in class--Cuba
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José Martí
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Class at José Martí Center
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Nicolas EM School in Cuba
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Students with computers
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Lunch in Vinales Valley
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 For more information: 

Anticipated Cost $2000 double / $2200 single          (plus airfare) 


Lawyers, contact Sandy Baird (see below)

for more information about the legal course and CLE credits.

Children's Art -- Havana, Cuba