Computer sciences are to become a powerful scientific, economic and political force for Cuba, said President Fidel Castro in Havana, on Tuesday.
The Cuban Revolution leader attended a ceremony to mark the 15th anniversary of the setting up of the national Youth Computer and Electronic Club network, at Havana?s Palacio Central de Computacion computer club.
He said that by the end of the current school year, next June, the number of graduates from those community-based computer training facilities will have reached the one million.
The event also celebrated the establishment of 300 new Youth Computer Clubs throughout the nation.
Fidel highlighted the advances achieved in the program and noted that the initiative makes it possible for some 200,000 young persons to train in computers and communications by means of 50 different courses, including several for senior citizens and people with disabilities.
During the ceremony the Cuban President handed signed diplomas to the provincial directors of the Youth Computer and Electronics Clubs, recognizing their achievements.
Fidel Castro reminded the audience how the program began, and said that “All along these years other specialized institutions designed to teach computer sciences have also been created, like the University of Computer Sciences (UCI), which produces educational software, and the polytechnic institutes of computer sciences, with an enrollment of more than 40,000 students.
We will see what happens when all this talent is put to work and engages in creation. We must acquaint ourselves with the new changing world around us.”
During the celebration, Raul Van Troi Navarro, director general of the Youth Computer and Electronics Clubs, handed Fidel a map of Cuba with the location of all 600 clubs throughout the island and a photo album with pictures of the 300 new ones recently opened.
At the end, Fidel signed the guest book, in which he wrote: I am, today, March 7, for all the reasons in the world, the happiest revolutionary.
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