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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Cuba Will Be World Education Capital

Havana, Cuba, Jan 18.- Having brought together some 54,300 educators from all over the world since hosting the first international pedagogy congress in 1986, Cuba will be again be the world's education capital next week.

In its 11 previous editions, the biennial congress, the largest organized in the Caribbean nation, has convened 44,978 foreigners and more than 9,300 Cubans, according to Eva Escalona, president of the meeting's Scientific Committee, in remarks to Prensa Latina.

Speaking about the plans of participants in the meeting, to be held at the Havana Conference Center Jan. 24-28, Escalona stated that about 2,800 papers have been confirmed, more than in 2009.

Regardless of the number of papers presented, the challenge is not to allow the scientific level to go down, she said.

The largest delegations are from Venezuela and Mexico, with more than 1,000 participants each; Cuba, with 600; and Brazil, with 500, Escalona stated after clarifying that the figures were not final.

A total of 4,000 people from 30 countries were expected, she said.

Several ministers representing member countries of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) will present their experiences on education during the Congress.

As well as Cuban Education Minister Ena Elsa Velazquez, and Higher Education Minister Miguel Diaz-Canel, other special presentations will be made by Venezuelan Education Minister Jennifer Gil, University Education Minister Edgardo Antonio Ramirez, and Bolivian Education Minister Roberto Aguilar. (Prensa Latina).