President Fidel Castro was presented Friday with a painting allusive to therecent graduation of the millionth person from the Youth Computer Clubs set up around the island, handed to him by the first secretary of the Young Communist League (UJC) Julio Martinez, during the radio and TV program “The Round Table.”
“This is a birthday’s gift,” said the leader of the Revolution, who added, “but it is just the beginning!!”
Panellists on the TV and radio program evaluated the 18 years of uninterrupted work of the Youth Computer Clubs.
The director of the national program that teaches the use of computers and information technologies, Raul Van Troi Navarro, outlined how the movement has succeeded in massively bringing computer knowledge to the population.
He noted that now, with the current 600 facilities island-wide, and the high degree of professionalism of its employees, reaching the second millionth graduate is expected to take place within the next 4 or 5 years. This he said will put Cuba on the road to becoming a world powerhouse in information technologies and ready to meet any challenge.
It was announced on the program that as of next month, the computer clubs will be open 24-hours a day to expand user time for students. The program will also offer recreational activities for children during the summer vacation.
Ernesto Hernandez Rodriguez, deputy technical director of the Youth Clubs, described the program as “a great source for the training of human capital.” He further noted the social impact that the program has had even in the country’s most remote areas.
Hernandez also said foreign language classes and seminars on the use of Internet are being offered to instructors.
During the program, hosted by Randy Alonso, graduates and instructors of the clubs described their experiences. Among these were Ariel Rodriguez Linares, visual impaired and a teacher of students suffering from the same disability in the Central Computer Palace in Havana, and graduate Alain Morejon, who, on behalf of all young people in Cuba, thanked the Cuban leader for the existence of the Youth Computer Clubs.