Las Tunas educators keep alive the legacy of Cuba's National Hero

From the earliest ages, the knowledge of the figure of José Martí is sown in Cuban children. This work and patriotic commitment nestle in the sixth-grade teacher Yary Tamayo Villamar, who sows in her students of the República de Chile semi-boarding school the love for the National Hero of Cuba.

Las Tunas, Cuba.- "I like the children to see Martí as a friend, a being close to them who was supportive and loved nature," says the pedagogue whose Spanish Language classes are nourished by the literary work of the Apostle.

Teacher Yary Tamayo"He was a man of extensive culture and his writings are full of resources, poetic language, and an ideal vocabulary so that children can enrich their speech, learn new words, their meaning, and correct spelling," says the educator. At the same time, Yary values with satisfaction how much her pupils learn, she appreciates it in the words of Alex Brito Maldonado, a little boy who already knows the work of "the man from The Golden Age."

That sense of attachment to the land where one is born also prevails in the classes of the pedagogue and teacher of Cuban History, Miraysi Pérez Even. With 27 years dedicated to teaching, she maintains that she desires to teach children from Las Tunas to love the history of Cuba, for which she promotes the participation of families in various activities.

"We have a group project called Life and Work of José Martí directed by a parent of this classroom. The initiative makes it possible, in addition to knowing the fruitful trajectory of the promoter of the Necessary War, for our children to conduct themselves in society following the precepts of the Maestro.

Educators like Yary and Miraysi get their students to study the most universal of Cubans and pay tribute to him as the hero who gives his name to the organization that groups them. With that precedent, Gabriela Rodríguez Batista dreams of becoming a pediatrician because she knows that "children are the hope of the world; I want to save the lives of sick children; I am also an announcer in a Radio Victoria program in which we talk about José Martí," declared the clever pioneer.

The countenance of the Apostle of National Independence, his broad forehead and suit and tie attire; his melancholic look, his teachings, and the sacrifice of his life for the cause inspire respect and devotion, at the same time that they belong to the fondest memories of every conational. This Martí that always accompanies us is a sowing that begins in the first ages and that has in the school with the bust of the greatest Master, the flowers consecrated to him, and the eternal homage, an essential prop to sustain the permanent footprint of this human paradigm.

Las Tunas educators keep alive the legacy of Cuba's National Hero