Third grader Esther Maria Gallego Caballero and sixth grader Sheila Garcia Martinez, who come from the north-eastern province of Holguin, were two out of the three Cuba girls awarded by the World Food Program (WFP) in the children's drawing competition 2015, who are among the 20 winners from all participating countries.
Eight years old Esther Maria who lives in the town of Velasco, in the municipality of Gibara, is a member of the Felix Varona cultural center; while 12 year old Sheila lives in Tacajo, in the municipality of Baguano, and receives training at the Manuel Navarro Luna culture center.in that town.
Since 2002, WFP sponsors this contest in order to motivate from early ages healthy eating and sound lifestyles. From that year to date Cuba has won 35 awards, thus the most winning country.
In an interview with this reporter by Yursys Miranda Rodriguez, assistant to public information of this world organization Cuba, on its own initiative calls each year to a national competition since 1998. Of the large number of papers presented at each edition the winners are chosen among them, the top five are sent to Rome where the international jury works. Cuban participation is recognized for the quality of works, said the official.
At the accomplishments of Cuban children's education contributes significantly the visual arts performing schools from an early age as preschool stage. The existing Culture Houses also promote artistic education in all municipalities and provinces.
Among the institutions that support the contests include the Ministry of Education, the José Martí Pioneer Organization, the National Council of Houses of Culture and the National Museum of Fine Arts, the latter opens the exhibition, which is a great honor for the winning children. / By Haydee Vera Batista – Al Dia.