An aggressive literacy campaign – La Campaña Nacional de Alfabetización en Cuba – was a centerpiece of the Cuban revolutionary government in 1961. The outreach was successful, raising the national literacy rate to that of a developed nation. If you want to read more,
The revolutionary government called attention to the campaign through marches dramatizing literacy.
The Cuban government remembers the campaign proudly.
A literacy campaign museum. Can you imagine that – a literacy campaign museum!
Twenty years later, the revoutionary government of Nicaragua launched a similar literacy campaign.
These were campaigns that were hard to criticize. The Nicaraguan government’s literacy campaign formed the backdrop for Jane Norling’s fence mural.
My friend has quite a collection of guitars. After looking at these photos, he took out his lovely Cuban tres.
A tres has six strings – three “courses” of two strings. He tunes his in the key of D Major, with courses tuned to A, D, and F#. He was inspired by these images to sing “Cuba, Que Linda es Cuba,” a song that Pedro Baird taught us in Salinas in 1974.
His Spanish is not great, but he really put his heart into it. I half expected him to answer me in Spanish when I asked what he thought of the images here. He didn’t. He answered in English: