© 2012

The Capacity to Share

A Study of Cuba’s International Cooperation in Educational Development

  • Editors
  • Anne Hickling-Hudson
  • Jorge Corona González
  • Rosemary Preston

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Introduction: Cuba’s Capacity to Share

    1. Anne Hickling-Hudson, Jorge Corona Gonzalez, Rosemary Preston
      Pages 1-10
  3. Cubans Sharing Education and Health Services: The Revolutionary and Material Basis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Anne Hickling-Hudson, Jorge Corona Gonzalez, Sabine Lehr, Marina Majoli Viani
      Pages 13-34
    3. Elvira Martin Sabina, Jorge Corona Gonzalez, Anne Hickling-Hudson
      Pages 53-70
  4. Studying in Cuba: Returning Home to Work

  5. Cuban Educators: Sharing Skills Internationally

  6. The Global Reach of Cuban Education: Participant Narratives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 215-215
    2. Oscar Elejalde Villalün
      Pages 217-223

About this book


This discussion of Cuba's international policies in education shows how Cuba shares its educational resources with other countries. The postcolonial critique underlying the book explores Cuba's role in relation to how the disengagement from colonial legacies in education is taking place in many countries.


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About the authors

ROSEMARY PRESTONDirector of the International Centre for Continuing Education (INCED) at the University of Warwick, UK.
ANNE HICKLING-HUDSONAssociate professor of International and Cross-cultural education in Australia at the Queensland University of Technology's School of Cultural and Language Studies, Faculty of Education.
JORGE CORONA GONZALEZ teaches Political Economy at the University of Havana, Cuba. A former president of the Pedagogical Institute for Latin America and the Caribbean, he is currently special advisor on International Collaboration in Cuba's Ministry of Education, and a member of the UNESCO Chair in Educational Sciences.

Bibliographic information


'This book is a powerful testimony to Cuba's educational solidarity, which did not end in Mozambique, Angola, Namibia, or later in Nicaragua, but continues as a unique approach to international cooperation between developing countries. It was offered, at a time of very great need in our country, using methods that were new to us. They produced lasting results of a very high standard, raising the quality of our human resources to levels unattainable without this support. Not a rich country, Cuba gave its knowledge and the strength of its revolutionary practical learning to tens of thousands of young people, sharing its very heart and soul with us.' - Graça Machel, Minister of Education and Culture in Mozambique 1975-1989; Founding Member of The Elders

'This is a pioneering, authoritative volume on Cuba's internationalism in education. It provides a comprehensive conceptual framework of the profound impact of Cuban educational and cultural exchanges and sharing with partner countries around the globe. The case studies and firsthand accounts of those who came to Cuba to learn, and of Cubans who went abroad to share skills and expand knowledge, illuminate a postcolonial alternative model of South-South cooperation. Kudos to authors/editors Hickling-Hudson, Corona Gonzalez, and Preston for this invaluable contribution to scholarship and to our understanding of more enlightened international aid policies and practices.' - Robert F. Arnove, Chancellor's Professor Emeritus of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Indiana University, Bloomington

'The Capacity to Share is a deeply important contribution to the international aid and development discussion. It documents the extraordinary story of Cuba's role in global development, assisting over 120 other low-income countries by providing them during the past 50 years with many thousands of Cuban scholarships, medical personnel, teachers and engineers. Cuba has done this on the basis of the simple principle of solidarity an international sense of brotherhood and sisterhood. This demonstrates to the world a way of being that does not need to be activated by 'winning', by patronizing charity, by being 'on top'. All that counts is our common humanity. We must all be grateful to Anne Hickling-Hudson, Jorge Corona Gonzalez, and Rosemary Preston for authoring, encouraging, and editing this book.' - Crain Soudien, Deputy Vice Chancellor, University of Cape Town; Past President of the World Council of Comparative and International Education Societies (WCCES)

'The Capacity to Share is an exceptional resource for scholars. It brings to life Cuban educational policy and the little-studied principles and practices of internationalism that have made Cuba's commitment to 'sharing' integral to the revolutionary educational project. This matchless collection offers a postcolonial frame for engaging pressing issues of educational development in the 21st century world. The analytical essays, case studies, narratives, and testimonials explore with rich detail the achievements of the Cuban system that have created the capacity to share personnel and expertise with other countries in the global south. Within complex political realities, Cuba's promotion of solidarity and South-South cooperation becomes a compelling alternative. With ample evidence and the critical insights of scholars from inside and outside Cuba, The Capacity to Share contributes uniquely to our understanding of the histories and the heuristics of Cuba's educational internationalism.' - Sheryl Lutjens, Chair of Women's Studies at California State University, San Marcos