“…What an extraordinary people this one will be! What a people this one will be, moving along with other peoples of the world! What a people this one will be, which will also be helping, through its own example, many other peoples that are still living in darkness, that are still living in ignorance, that are still living under exploitation!”
References to the original: Speech delivered in the ceremony held at ‘Ciudad Deportiva’ where certificates were handed over to 4000 persons who learned how to read and write, June 18, 1961
“What is the most important thing for a Revolution that hopes to radically change the life of a country and build a new society? It is the teacher, comrades; the teacher is the most important thing in a Revolution.”
References to the original: Speech delivered at the Sierra Maestra Teachers’ Vocational Center in Minas del Frío, June 17, 1962

“The experience we have gained and the results we have achieved more than fully justify this decision. What began with a literacy campaign in a nation where the immense majority of the population was totally and functionally illiterate --where less than 10% of adolescents and adults had a sixth-grade education, and political consciousness was stunted by the limitations entailed by the mind-numbing system of economic exploitation, lies and alienation imposed on our people– is now being transformed into the most extraordinary case of educational and cultural development ever known by any society in all of history.”.

References to the original: Speech given by Dr. Fidel Castro Ruz, President of the Republic of Cuba, at the graduation ceremony for the Intensive Training S

“In Cuba, the social and human nightmare denounced in 1953, which gave rise to our struggle, had been left behind just a few years after the triumph of the Revolution in 1959. Soon, there were no longer (…) undernourished, barefoot, parasite-ridden children, without schools or teachers, even if their schooling took place beneath the shade of a tree. They no longer died in massive numbers from hunger, disease, from lack of resources or medical care. No longer were the rural areas filled with unemployed men and women.”

References to the original: Speech given by Fidel Castro at the ceremony commemorating the 50th anniversary of the attack on the Moncada and Carlos Manuel de Céspedes Garrisons, held in Santiago de Cuba.

"It is well known that, throughout my whole life, since I had a revolutionary conscience, I have dedicated myself, first and foremost, to the subject of education, ever since the Literacy Campaign up to the universalization of higher education. Despite the economic blockade and aggression, we have managed to attain a privileged and unique position in the world in this field".

References to the original: THE LIVING AND THE DEAD
“After the people have left illiteracy behind; when they have learned how to read and write and they have an indispensable minimum knowledge allowing them to live and produce honestly, they still need to overcome the worst form of ignorance in our times: economic illiteracy.”
References to the original: Reflections by comrade Fidel: Economic Illiteracy