Prensa Latina reports that Kailash Satyarthi, Indian children’s rights advocate and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize (2014), congratulated Cuba today for seeing children as a priority in government plans, with educational and social programs that promote their well-being.
Speaking at the 2017 International Pedagogy Congress, held in [Havana] from January 30 to February 3, Satyarthi stated that Cuba invests 10 percent of its Gross Domestic Product in education, despite its economic problems and the blockade imposed by the United States.
Satyarthi criticized the situation of 168 million children in the world living in slavery, of whom close to 80 million are expected to work under subhuman conditions. Among the factors that influence in the existence of this scourge it has been identified the lack of social awareness and solid laws against that menace.
The Indian activist affirmed that although it is said that child labor and lack of education are the product of economic poverty, in reality it is a question of the absence of political will, since large resources are destined for military purposes.