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Monday, April 10, 2006 

Cuba Hosts Latin American-Caribbean Physical Education Summit

Havana, April 10 (ACN) The role of physical education in the comprehensive development of children is the focal point of the Latin American and Caribbean Physical Education Summit, which begins Monday in Havana and runs until April 13.

The gathering, being held at Havana’s Convention Center, is being attended by the president of the International Federation of Physical Education, Brazilian Manoel Gomez, and by UN representative Colombian Margaret Talbot.

The head of Cuba’s National Department of Physical Education, Gladys Becquer, told the Cuban News Agency that the forum will look for immediate solutions to the current crisis facing physical education throughout the world, since there are an increasing number of countries where Physical Education (PE) teachers are losing their jobs due to funding shortages.

Bequer said that Cuba stands as a true example for countries of the world, since PE is included in the island’s education system from the pre-school level up to the university. That program helps ensure the healthy development of the people and a higher quality of life, said the Cuban official.

“Cuba is willing to share its experiences and knowledge with the world in order to rescue the practice of PE for the good of humankind,” said Bequer.

It is a fact that if healthy and harmonious development is desired, societies must count on PE – not only with the aim of training high-performance athletes, but also for achieving the comprehensive development of their students, concluded the head of Cuba’s National Physical Education Department.

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