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Cuban high schoolers may come to U.S.

Cuban high schoolers may come to U.S.

Posted by Liliana Castaño on June 02, 2014

The U.S. State Department is offering $1.2 million to bring 75 to 100 Cuban high school students to the United States for “summer leadership” sessions, in a ongoing effort to provide educational opportunities to island youths.

Sessions will focus on “leadership development, civic education principles, and the structure of democratic organizations … from national governments to local [nongovernment organizations] and student advocacy groups,” the department said.

U.S. programs on Cuba are designed “to empower Cubans to freely determine their own future by increasing human capacity, promoting community level engagement, and expanding civil society networks,” according to last week’s announcement.

Cuban authorities have threatened or denied exit permits to students who wanted to participate in similar U.S. government-funded educational programs in the past, branding them as thinly veiled efforts to undermine the communist system.

The State Department said its Western Hemisphere Affairs (WHA) section will consider proposals from U.S. nonprofits and higher-education institutions for the $1.2 million to organize and run the “Summer Leadership Program for Cuban Youth.”

The first program, in the summer of 2015, will bring 25 to 35 high school students to the United States for three- to four-week sessions, and the second year will bring another 50 to 65, according to the request for proposals.



Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/06/01/4151761/cuban-high-schoolers-may-come.html#storylink=cpy

 

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