Gloria Machado León 9 noviembre, 2017
With seven prizes and eight mentions, the province of Matanzas won for the third consecutive time the first position in the eleventh edition of the El Bastón Blanco children’s competition, which is convoked every two years by the National Association of the Blind (ANCI), with the co-sponsorship of the Organization of Pioneers José Martí (OPJM), the Ministry of Education (MINED) and the National Council of Houses of Culture (CNCC). In this contest, which invites children and adolescents in the country to become sensitized with blind or low vision people, through Literature and Plastic Arts, the main laurea students Amalia Rodríguez Hernández, Nailín Fernández Díaz and Thalía Rodríguez reached Morejón, with eight, eleven and thirteen years of age, respectively, in addition to 15-year-old student Julio César Ramírez Pérez. For the quality of his written works, eight other Matanzas pioneers from the municipalities of Colon, Cárdenas, Jovellanos and the town of the capital received special mention. In the manifestation of the Plastic Arts, the jury of the event crowned the girls Leidanys Pijuán Medina and Jennifer María Sánchez Muñoz, with seven and nine years, respectively. The national act for the delivery of the awards is scheduled for today November 9th at the House of Culture Gonzalo Roig, Cárdenas, a town that hosts for the second time this cultural gala, chaired by executives of the ANCI in the country and members of the organizing committee of the contest. Out of the total of nine prizes and 23 mentions awarded in this version of the contest, whose title honors this essential addition for blind people, the Matanzas territory stands out with 15 laureate students, followed by the provinces of Holguín and Guantánamo. According to the bases of the traditional contest, paid by the ANCI, with the support of the organization of Pioneers and Education, students from first to ninth grade can compete with drawings, stories, and poetry on any subject related to visual disability. With the White Staff individuals suffering from blindness attract the attention of the public and perceive the characteristics of the terrain on which they move. That is why in March of 1980 the World Council for the Social Promotion of the Blind adopted October 15th as the World Day of the White Staff.