The shipment will help the Cuban government to implement recently announced programs. Last August Fernando Vecino of Cubas Ministry of Higher Education announced a three-year plan to train 1,200 computer science teachers, as part of the efforts to extend university-level computer education to all of the countrys provinces. These efforts are especially important, he explained, because the ministry is encouraging the greater use of computers in order to make all courses available on the internet, and to take advantage of virtual labs.
These efforts are part of a political offensive being waged in Cuba today to expand access to culture and education. The government has set out to provide a television, video recorder, and computer in every school, including those in the most remote areas; a national network of computer centers for local young people and video clubs; and a national TV program, known as the University for All, offering courses for people of all ages in subjects from English and French to world geography and art.
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