Inaugurated in southern Dominican city the Polytechnic Máximo Gómez
With an emotional act was inaugurated the Polytechnic constructed by the initiative of the leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro (1926-2016) in Baní, the city where the Dominican pro-independence activist Máximo Gómez (1836-1905) was born.
The Polytechnic, which bears the name of who became supreme leader of the Liberating Army of Cuba, was built in 2000 and since then has graduated thousands of food processing technicians who work in dairy companies, meat, and canned fruits.
The opening ceremony was celebrated last Thursday after a remodeling of the facility and was presided over by important figures, among them Miguel Mejía, Dominican minister of Integration; Luis de León, Deputy Minister of Education; Miriam Nicado, rector of the University of Informatics Sciences in Cuba, and Ileana Núñez, Vice Minister of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment of Cuba.
According to Yván Peña, president of the Máximo Gómez Foundation, this institute has made a considerable contribution to cultural, economic, educational and social progress. Many of their graduates continue university studies and because of their high preparation they get employment earlier than any other institution, he observed.
The polytechnic we inaugurate today is an imperishable example of the friendship that unites us and constitutes a monument to José Martí (1853-1895), Máximo Gómez and Fidel Castro (1926-2016) and all the Dominicans who supported Cuba in its struggle for its independence, said the Cuban ambassador, Carlos de la Nuez
He recalled that Fidel Castro read in Gomez's correspondence a comment expressing his wish that in his native Bani there would be a school where children would be studied and that for that reason in the visit made to this country on August 28, 1998 decided the construction of a Polytechnic donated by Cuba to the prize fund received.
De la Nuez spoke of the role played by distinguished Dominican patriots in the wars of independence of Cuba, which included the presence of six generals and more than 100 combatants and recalled various events that marked the common history of both countries, including the Montecristi Manifesto Signed 122 years ago by Martí and Gómez, who defined the strategic conception of the last guest against Spain.
He then pointed out that in 1961 Fidel Castro designed and directed an unprecedented campaign that in 12 months allowed 807,000 Cubans to be literate and since then Cuba has collaborated with 186 countries in the health, education and sports sectors.
He insisted that the development of our countries requires peace and to achieve more integration, collaboration and understanding of our realities, looking at what unites us and not what separates us and assured that this polytechnic is an example of collaboration and need to integrate our efforts for a better World.
Amidst applause with which the students expressed gratitude to Fidel Castro and Cuba, the rector Ph.D. Nicado gave the Deputy Minister De León a painting titled 'The Generalissimo' made in 2016 by the Camagüeyan painter Erick Olivera Rubio to come to the hands of the President of the Dominican Republic, Danilo Medina.
This is a unique copy made by the same author of the original work exhibited at the Generalimo Máximo Gómez Memorial Museum in the Cuban province of Ciego de Avila, where the Júcaro-Morón Road was located, where the hero performed the most Important military campaigns for the independence of Cuba.