World Ocean School, a Boston non-profit, sailed its 137-foot U.S. National Landmark Schooner Roseway to Havana, Cuba, for a people-to-people educational visit. Roseway is the first authentic, original U.S.-flagged tall ship to dock in Havana in 57 years. Among other activities, the 22 students on board the Roseway were invited to Havana’s newly opened United States Embassy (on October 26) in a visit organized by Dr. Michael Connors [see photo below; AP photo above by Ramón Espinosa. Both photos were provided by Michael Connors]. Here are excerpts of the press release provided by Pamela Cunningham, board chair of World Ocean School:
The 1925 Grand Banks schooner departed Gloucester, MA on September 23 with twenty-two 16- and 17-year old high-school students aboard from Proctor Academy for a semester-at-sea program. In Havana, the students engaged in activities with Cuban students in Old Havana, at Kcho’s studio, and at ISA.
Pamela Cunningham, board chair of World Ocean School, said, “With this unprecedented voyage to Cuba, we are bringing United States students an extraordinary opportunity to see a new part of the world and foster lasting relationships with their peers in Cuba.”
Congressman Jim McGovern (MA-02) said, “Traveling the world is one of the best things students can do to become good global citizens. This program is a wonderful opportunity for New England students to witness firsthand this new chapter in U.S.-Cuba relations. Our next generation of leaders must be prepared to meet global challenges, and this trip makes our country proud to have these students serve as young American ambassadors. I am grateful to the World Ocean School for leading this innovative program.”
ROSEWAY’s expedition to Cuba is supported in part by donations from Stonegate Bank, a full-service commercial bank serving businesses and individuals across South and West Florida, and Libra Group, a privately-owned international business group that controls 30 subsidiaries active in 35 countries.
World Ocean School (www.worldoceanschool.org) has served thousands of New England and US Virgin Island students for 12 years, with 75% designated as economically disadvantaged. Programs aboard ROSEWAY focus on critical issues for today’s youth: community service, leadership and academic advancement. With more than 75% of World Ocean School students designated as under-served, these programs have an effective and lasting impact.
For more information, visit http://www.worldoceanschool.org/