|In front of a sculpture of a naked woman riding a rooster,|
while holding a fork and wearing high heels--the Cuban ideal woman....
|A former mansion, one of thousands that have |
fallen to great disrepair before collapsing.
Education: In the midst of this misery, free education is still a priority for the Cuban government, and it covers not only K to 12th grade, but goes all the way through graduate degrees for whoever wishes to do so. Cuba boasts 51 universities—a large number for a population of 11.5 million habitants. In addition, the education system favors specialized training in the arts, and children as young as five years old that show promise are directed to schools of music, dance and circus arts. Visual arts are taught throughout the school years because the country has great appreciation for art, and at age eighteen, those who wish, may attend dedicated art academies. Furthermore, students who show interest in music, dance, writing and art but not enough to attend the specialized schools, are offered all these after-school classes at no charge.
|Courtyard of a home in Trinidad, Cuba, |
that rents out rooms to tourists.