El Commandante Fidel Castro Honors Cuba’s Heroine, Vilma Espín

Fidel Castro, Cuba's former President and revolutionary leader
Fidel Castro, Cuba’s former President and revolutionary leader

Former Cuban leader, Fidel Castro last week, attended an event honoring the country’s revolutionary heroine, Vilma Espín.

Fidel, also the historic leader of the Cuban revolution, visited the Vilma Espín educational center located in the Havana municipality of Playa, where, along with preschool and elementary students and teachers, he participated in a tribute to the founder of the Federation of Cuban Women (FMC), held on the 86th anniversary of Vilma’s birth.

“I am sure that on a day like today, Vilma would be very happy,” the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution said.

“She would be seeing why she sacrificed her life, why those who die struggling for the Revolution leave energy along the way, leave strength, and struggle for this,” he added.

Vilma Espín
Vilma Espín

Vilma was a Cuban revolutionary, feminist, and chemical engineer. She was married to Raul Castro, the current Cuban president. She died in Havana at 4:14 p.m. EDT on June 18, 2007, following a long illness.

Fidel, who will celebrate his 90th birthday in August, could be seen in the television broadcast spiritedly greeting the children and teachers, and discussing issues related to education, health and nutrition.

“Those of us who are here consider being in this school today a privilege, since this type of school is getting close to a kind of dream. I was trying to remember if I had known of a place where a school like this one existed. Such a place doesn’t appear,” Fidel said.

Boris Fuentes, the Cuban television journalist covering the event, reported that Fidel emphasized the school’s experience and its utility for rural areas.

Currently attending the Vilma Espín School are preschool and elementary children, while a middle school program is to be initiated next September.

Vilma during the revolutionary days
Vilma during the revolutionary days

The educational center was inaugurated April 9, 2013, with two classroom buildings, a library, as well as computer lab, and is staffed by a total of 43 individuals including teachers, assistants and service workers.