Canadian, Cuba, International, Personal thoughts

The World could Learn from Cuba

Canada could Learn from Cuba.

Canada recently voted, with the world community, to end the U.S. embargo/blockade against Cuba. But, perhaps we should do more than just vote for Cuba. We could learn from Cuba.

Millions of Canadians have visited Cuba over the years and almost without exception speak of the friendliness of the Cuban people. But there is more, and our Sociologists and Educators should think as to why Cuban society is safe, free of crime, drugs, and the civil disobedience that plagues our society and costs us numerous lives and many $billion?

The answer likely lies in their upbringing in a socialist influenced society. Every Cuban child between ages 1-5 participates in a formal preschool program “Educate your Child” where preschool educators visit families’ homes. Education is free beginning in preschool and continuing through graduate and post-graduate studies. The positive traits of the Cuban people are in good part a product of their education system.

With a revolutionary emphasis on universal free healthcare and an advanced healthcare system, Cuba has a life expectancy greater than the U.S. According to the UN’s World Health Organization, Cuba’s health care system is an example for all countries of the world.

Also, according to the United Nations’ 2016 Human Development Report, Cuba is one of just a handful of countries that has managed to improve the health and well-being of its citizens while developing sustainably. In the Environmental Performance Index compiled by Yale and Harvard universities, Cuba ranked 45 out of 180 countries – the highest ranking for a non-OECD, non-European state.

Cuba remains a poor country, largely due to the U.S. embargo/blockade, which has cost the country and its people over $130 billion, but it has an unparalleled richness of life with an artistic and cultural upbringing very much a part of their life. Cuba may be materially poor, but it is socially rich.

Yes, Cuba is worth looking at.

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Author: Ron Brydges

Born on Vancouver Island and raised as a child in Prince Rupert and as a teenager in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. Graduated, not without struggle, from Central Collegiate High School. Got my first post graduate job at a steel and pipe mill in Regina, Returned to B.C. and worked in a fabrication shop, a consulting firm, a northern mine and then went east and lived and worked in Toronto for a machinery manufacturer. Moved to St. Catharines where i worked on contract for GM. Was discharged at 62 and took up writing. Now divorced with two daughters and four grandchildren. There was a life between these lines and some of it will come out in my blogs.