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Monday, 21 March 2016

On My Cuban School Project Links!

My up to date coverage of the Obama visit continues on Twitter @ #davidchiarelli



President Castro y Obama meet in Havana today!

Regular readers will be familiar with my many blogs on Cuba. Here is a handy review of what I have posted on this site, as listed in my Teacher Free Speech Archives 2011-16, on the top left screen and @ Here!

I have frequently visited Cuba since the 1980's, and the Cuban schools from the 1990's on, to travel, visit and work. You will find more of my travel and tourism blogs below. However my most recent visit, more so a vacation, was just last month, and is reported @ On The Beach!

Here is a blog I have written on my discussions with everyday Cubans at home and at school; What Do They ThinkHere!

For a useful backgrounder on the historical situation in Cuba, and on all things Cuban, the following blog provides a useful DIY Cuban Study Guide @ Here!

Canada has not supported the US Embargo of Cuba. Consecutive governments, both Liberal and Conservative, have supported a policy of constructive engagement since the victory of the Cuban revolution ended the US backed Batista dictatorship in 1959. I began the CSP [Cuban School Project] after a 1992 school trip to Santiago de Cuba. The CSP provides direct, grass root, educational aid to help develop the English and Business studies in the local schools.  It is a small, accountable and very hands on effort. Interested teacher volunteers work directly with their Cuban counterparts to create "Made in Cuba" locally developed instruction materials. We've also helped build and train teachers at a small community school. Some donations are provided personally by myself and the other concerned teachers. However, substantial funding has also come through "solidarity grants" provided by our Ontario teacher federations including OECTA, OSSTF and the OTF. Here are are few backgrounders on the Cuban School Project StoryCSP and CSP and CSP



Teaching in Cuba 

Most of the CSP's developmental work occurs in Santiago de Cuba [Stgo!]. The CSP funds the development of Ingles Para Ti, a locally developed Cuban English instruction workbook. Also the Toronto Friendship School, a small, community school in the local barrios. 

Cuba has certainly changed a lot since I first worked there during the "Special Period" after the collapse of the Soviet Block in the early 1990's. You can read more of my blogs about what it was like then, for a good comparison:

My reports on life at the Toronto Friendship School during the 1990's is @ Cuba + The Night 2 and @ Rumours of War

There was repression galore! Also see "Christmas in Cuba [1996]" @ Christmas in Cuba!

Ditto my accounts of days and nights spent at Graham Green's [Our Man In Havana] historic Casagrande Hotel @ Locals and @ Tourists 

Compared to most of the America's, including the US and Canada, Cuba is a very friendly and safe place to visit, travel and work. The people are remarkably warm, and genuine. Read my A Canadian Teacher On the Road In Cuba @ [Here] and Thunder!

Cuba has an incredibly rich culture. Here's more on traditional Cuban song + dance @ Santiago de Cuba Diary 4

Also, Afrocuban culture, song + dance @ Santiago de Cuba Diary 5

My report on a night out in Havana is A La Habana

When I just want to relax, lie on the beach, swim and dive, I go to Cuba! Here are some of my favourite Cuban resorts when I want to go for a nice, tourist trip on the cheap! Halfway between Havana and Varadero is the Jibicoa @ Here! and @ Here!

Outside of Santiago de Cuba, on the south side of the island is the Brisas Sierra Mar @ Here! @ Here! 

I first became interested in Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis. I studied Canada and Cuba during the Cold War while completing my Political Science degree at the University of Toronto. For more on how how I found my muse, read about JFK, Cuba and Me @ Cuban Missile Crisis!

If you have any questions I can answer, from my own experience, please don't hesitate to use the Comments section below! More current links on the Obama visit will follow shortly.



Me in Cuba back in the day!

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