NICH to partner with Centro de Estudios Martianos of Cuba on research Print E-mail
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Friday, 12 April 2019 00:00

Belize and Cuba share some history and culture and it is in this light that the two countries want to know and share more about those connections. The National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Centro de Estudios Martianos of Cuba to collaborate on that research. The MOU will last for four years and according to NICH’s President, Sapna Budhrani, the intention is to share and publish researched information during that period. Both countries have records dating all the way to the 1700s and this MOU will also ensure that those documents and resources are shared between the countries. Besides sharing information, Budhrani says that Belize and Cuba will also exchange researches to visit the other country and later compile the findings.

The idea for the intensive research and cross-cultural exchange came from DPM Hon. Patrick Faber’s visit to Cuba about two years ago. As the Minister of Education, Youth, Culture, and Sports, his visit focused on improving those areas of Belize and the Director of Centro de Estudios Martianos, Ana Sánchez Collazo, shared that willingness. The research institute sponsors the investigation, study, and circulation of the life, work, and thought of José Martí. Martí was a freedom fighter and national hero to Cuba given his movement against Spain for Cuba’s independence. He also reportedly spent some time in Belize during his early childhood.

Signing the MOU were Budhrani as well as Pedro Pablo Rodriguez, Professor at Centro de Estudios Martianos, and Lisette Perez Perez, Ambassador of Cuba to Belize.

Last Updated on Friday, 12 April 2019 09:27