José Martí said that “The happiest people will be the ones who have the best education for their children, in the instruction of thought and in the direction of feelings”. The validity of this phrase of the Apostle was more than evident in the ceremony organized at the Primary School Followers of Camilo and Che, in the city of Matanzas, to commemorate this May 19th the 124th anniversary of the fall in combat of the National Hero from Cuba.
For the second time, the members of the Club Martiano Juan Almeida Bosque, mostly retired educators living in the cast Armando Mestre who participated in the historic Literacy Campaign, organized, with the support of the school’s center, a political-cultural activity to ratify and declare this time six martian classrooms, to evoke the most universal of Cubans and to recognize students and teachers who stand out for the promotion and dissemination of their thought and work.
In the presence of students, family members, employees of the entity, directors and members of the José Martí Cultural Society in the province, Obdulia Ortega Martínez, founder and president of the Club, presented the most significant achievements of her work and the socio-educational project Camino al future, that since three courses have been developed on the campus, in order to bring children closer to the inexhaustible and vast work of the National Hero and other martyrs of the locality.
Children like Pilar, Meñique and several works written by the Cuban Apostle, who were pioneers and adults evoked with songs, oratorios, dramatizations, a spoken chorus and a recital of poems, came alive again among the youngest of the school.
Emotional moment of the meeting was the delivery of acknowledgments to teachers, students, to the center’s management, collaborators of the project, especially to Obdulia, the main architect of the initiative, and to Bárbaro Velazco Valderrama, a studious and passionate promoter of Marti’s work, who has fostered on the campus, with creativity and perseverance, a systematic dialogue between generations based on the education of the students.
Visibly moved, Velazco Valderrama, active representative of the José Martí Cultural Society in Matanzas, expressed about the recognition:”This has been the voluntary work that I have done most with pleasure in my life, come here on a Friday of every month and see these children who with immense avidity have welcomed the thought and work of the Apostle …, for me it is a rejoicing and something that will mark my whole life, contribute with my modest effort so that Martí is better understood by our children and young people.”
The homage to the most universal of Cubans organized in the Primary School Followers of Camilo and Che, in Matanzas, demonstrated the voluntary and unconditional work of children and adults who are committed because the ideology and the work of the National Hero never lose their strength and validity.