HAVANA.- The U.S. first lady Michelle Obama thanked the Cuban people for the hospitality and generosity shown during her family’s visit to Cuba, wishing that the relations between the two countries bring the U.S. and Cuban people even closer together.
During an act at Havana’s historic district, Michelle praised, above all the dialogue with young Cuban people and expressed her hopes for more student exchanges in the future.
“I am very grateful to all of you, the people of Cuba who have shared with me the beauty of your culture, your history, your music and your food,“ she said.
In return for the warm welcome, the U.S. first lady donated a bench and two Magnolia trees to a library in the capital; the same kind of trees that can be seen all around the White House and around so many parks and gardens across the United States.
Lesbia Méndez, representative of the Office of the Havana City’s Historian, thanked the first lady on behalf of Cuba and wished that this day be remembered as another historic moment in the rapprochement between the two countries.
„We accept this present as an act intended to continue developing bilateral relations, based on mutual respect, equal terms and respect for the principle of sovereignty,” the Cuban official told The Havana Reporter.
The ceremony, held in what is known as the Old Havana district was part of Michelle Obama’s agenda in Cuba, where she arrived on March 20 accompanied by her daughters and her husband Barack Obama, the first U.S. president to visit Cuba in nearly 90 years.
Other activities carried out during her stay in Havana included a meeting with Cuban female students about the characteristics of the education system, which enjoys international acclaim for its high quality and is considered one of the achievements of the Cuban government.
Ten students from different grades attended the meeting organized at the Fábrica de Arte Cubano cultural center in Havana, who told Michelle that Cuba ensures the right to basic education for children and adolescents from elementary school to ninth grade and after that they can continue studying at pre-university or technical schools and ultimately at university.
Michelle praised the island’s initiative for fostering artistic education from childhood, and expressed her interest in increasing access to education in the world.
Regarding this, she referred to the Let Girls Learn initiative launched a year ago with the objective of helping at least 62 million girls and adolescents in the world who lack access to education due to physical, financial, or cultural problems.Share on FB Share on TT