On March 28, 29 and 30, Commander in Chief Fidel Castro inaugurated four programs of the Revolution in Granma. As always his visit arose great happiness.

The first day, he opened the Carlos Enríquez Visual Arts Schools in Manzanillo. Coinciding with his arrival a group of outstanding artists had finished a mural dedicated to that coastal city.

At the request of those present, Fidel left as a sign of his satisfaction for the event, a memorable drawing.

The center was conceived to benefit students from Manzanillo and nearby municipalities, but in its first course it would cover some of Las Tunas and Bayamo.

The installation had two engraving workshops, two of sculpture, one of ceramics, two of painting and two of drawing, to train students who after four years and through entrance test, could enter to the Higher Institute of Art.

The Minister of Culture, Abel Prieto, thanked the presence of outstanding artists and recognized the boost of Fidel to the country´s cultural life that “has placed culture at the center of the spiritual life of the nation”.

The student Lira Yara Reyes, one of the graduates of 9th grade enrollment of the Carlos Enríquez, stressed that this was the fulfillment of one of her dreams but that upon graduation she would join higher studies to help her people.

In the evening Fidel had been opened the program of Integral preparation course for young people, at the Celia Sánchez Manduley square, teeming with youth from the eastern provinces and inhabitants of Manzanillo.

The leader of the Revolution moved said, “for a long time, is not spoken for example, of communism, because anyone believes that it is still far away. But when you see events like this, you can image that one day the communist societies could exist.

He explained that most of the young people were from the eastern provinces where jobs became more difficult during the special period and in Manzanillo the Factory of implements for sprinkling system was closed due to a lack of raw materials and the Battery Factory decreased its production.

But progress, he said, is not measured only by the number of factories, but by the culture, of citizens’ knowledge and preparation. “I see you, he said, and I dream with a great future of our country.”

This project, is becoming a historical experience and I doubt there are many who can apply it, Fidel stressed.

Several speakers took part in the ceremony and was presided over by the Commanders of the Revolution Ramiro Valdés and Guillermo García, and several representatives of organizations and the State.


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