Cuba Book Fair: A Model for ‘Literary Revolution’

24 Feb

The flag of Cuba. Colors are from http://www.n...

The flag of Cuba. Colors are from Esperanto: La flago de Kubo فارسی: پرچم کوبا Français : Le drapeau de Cuba Kreyòl ayisyen : Drapo Kiba Italiano: La bandiera di Cuba Nederlands: De vlag van Cuba Русский: Флаг Кубы Slovenščina: Državna zastava Kube العربية: علم كوبا (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Cuba, a country where almost one fifth of the total population rushes to make their way through the thick crowd amassed not in a theatre or a cinema hall, but a ‘book fair‘. There are reasons behind it, even when the government is spending 10% of the budget on education and the literacy rate is excellent (98%). Cubans engage in an annual effort, just like some ritual to gather at the book fair. On the other hand, the fair itself is also designed to instil reading habits among the masses. Events of this nature, around the world aim at promoting publishing houses, authors, collecting money or selling untouched books. In Cuba, the case is different where the purpose is to organize a ‘book sale’ .

Some of the Cuban reporters think that there isn’t much material available in the shops usually for ‘reading’. Being the most repressive country suffering at the behest of US sanctions it still managed to reach the 10th position out of 125 countries in adult literacy (which is greater than the United States). There is more to celebrate when it comes to the success of the education system in Cuba:

Cuba can become a ‘literary model’ for the way it is carrying out a ‘literary revolution’. In the times to come, Cubans will guide others to embrace the concept of ‘knowledge economy’. The future belongs to countries where book fairs are revered not exploited for gaining bucks of money.

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