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African and South America strengthen cooperation in education


A Cuban delegation led by Minister of Higher Education, Rodolfo Alarcon, exchanged views in the event with Angolan professors and authorities.

They also visited the Independent University of Angola, the Gregorio Semedo University and the Agostinho Neto University.

The meeting of rectors highlighted the significance of training education professionals for the formation of students as part of the Cuban-Angolan cooperation in the field.

Education in Angola has four years of compulsory, free primary education which began at age seven, and secondary education which began at age eleven, lasting eight years. Basic adult literacy continues to be extremely low, but there are conflicting figures from government and other sources. It is difficult to assess not only literacy but also other educational needs. Statistics from UNICEF estimate adult literacy to be 56 percent for males and 29 percent for women.

Education in Cuba has been a highly ranked system for many years. The University of Havana was founded in 1727 and there are a number of other well-established colleges and universities. Following the 1959 revolution, the Castro government nationalized all educational institutions, and created a system operated entirely by the government.

Education expenditures continue to receive high priority, as Cuba spends 10 percent of its central budget on education, compared with 4 percent in the United Kingdom and just 2 percent in the United States, according to Unesco.

More than 2,100 Angolan youngsters have graduated from Cuban universities in recent years, and more than 650 Angolans are doing studies in Cuba now.

This collaboration started in the 80s through the University of Angola, the only existing at the time.

There are 894 Cuban professors in Angolan universities now, teaching more than 30.000 students countrywide.

Some 4,000 Cuban workers are contributing to the process of national Angolan reconstruction in the fields of education, health and construction.

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