Photographer's Note

One cannot stress enough how much care the Cuban system emphasis on education. Soon after Castro took power, he recruited a legion of volunteer teachers to go to work in the rural areas of the country. The country reached 97% literacy rate immediately (one percent behand the US). Educating the peasants not only empowered the country, but also help solidify the masses to Castro's cause.

While this astonishing figure is very compelling despite its poor economy, most children do not have the opportunity for higher education. In the next few years, Cuba is planning to expand it's education program to provide children up to grade 12 education.

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