Hector dad remembers

Papa-HectosWhen we talk about the 35th anniversary of the creation of internationalist schools, social and human project starring in the Isle of Youth, we have to talk with Hector Rosendo Garcia Martinez, Licentiate in Elementary Education and History and Social Sciences.

Papa-Hectos

When we talk about the 35th anniversary of the creation of internationalist schools, social and human project starring in the Isle of Youth, we have to talk with Hector Rosendo Garcia Martinez, Licentiate in Elementary Education and History and Social Sciences.

He left the classrooms two school years ago because of health problems, but accumulates on his resume 26 years of experience in the education sector, where he had the good fortune to receive the first Angolan students on October 12, 1977, in the then Saydi Viera Diaz Mingas secondary school-in the-countryside (ESBEC), also known as number 41, now became into a community, where tens of people live there.

That group was of 785 students, organized to study also in the Antonio Agostinho Neto school number 42, but it was being constructed, so they were situated in the Saydi Viera .

The age range was between ten and 18; they were young people very dejected by the war and had a very low grade. Names like Floriano, Maria Victoria, Filomeno, Isabel, Nelito, who is colonel of the police bodyguard in Luanda now, come to my mind.

My house was theirs; they called me Hector dad or daddy, they still say me like this when they communicate with me.

They were good students despite the internal conflicts because of the situation lived in their homeland; they combined study with work in the countryside and never put obstacles to the tasks. That school achieved the status of National Outstanding, that´s why important internationalist personalities visited us like Saddam Hussein. We also received the delegates of the X World Festival of Youth and Students.

We took care those Angolan students like a gem. They used to make jokes and got our greeting very quickly like qué bola, mi socio, primo…

I can assure you that Cuba is their second Homeland and it´s not chauvinism, they demonstrated it when Hurricane Gustav in 2008, immediately called to know about the inhabitants of this territory and see what they needed.

On September 10 of 1979, Antonio Agostinho Neto, who was an Angolan polititian that led the guerrillas of the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola and after the independence he was the first president of the republic, died. When we communicated the news to them their reaction was very hard for us.

Many of them penetrated into the mountains near the school and other cried inconsolably, they felt the loss of the father of their nation, who along with his people, led the armed struggle for the independence of this African country on November 11, 1975.

Hector dad, as his students called him, is 62 years old and saves with special affection every minute lived in Saydi Viera Diaz Mingas school.

 

Traslation: Lien Fernández Sánchez


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