Grenada’s Independence Celebrations, Havana, Cuba

On Friday, 7 February 2020, Grenadian students studying in the various Provinces in Cuba arrived in Havana to celebrate our country’s 46th year of Independence.

On Saturday, 8 February, the day started with our students participating in their usual outdoor and indoor games while availing themselves of the opportunity to socialise with each other. There was also a steelpan performance by youth from the Caribbean Association, an organisation made up of persons of Caribbean descent.

The formal ceremony commenced at 7:30 pm attended by Gustavo Véliz Olivares – Director for Central America, Mexico and Caribbean Affairs at the Ministry of External Affairs (MINREX), Former Cuban Ambassador to Grenada, María Caridad Balaguer and her husband, other Cuban officials and Cubans of Grenadian descent.

Gustavo Véliz Olivares

The evening’s programme chaired by Dr Petra Francis, included speeches from the attending dignitaries, the feature address by Ambassador, Her Excellency Claris Charles, presentation of awards to students who received a GPA of five, followed by cultural performances by students.

At the ceremony, Ambassador Charles received a special award from the five students from the province of Pinar Del Rio who will be graduating later this year. They expressed their gratitude to her for her guidance, support and motherly love that she gave to them over their years spent in Cuba.

Pre-Med students doing their presentation

To bring the curtains down on the weekend celebrations, the students attended their annual independence dance which attracted students from other Caribbean islands and Africa.

On Sunday, 9 February the students left Havana to return to their various universities in Cuba.

The following students received awards for exceptional academic performance in 2019.

  • Deslyn Narine
  • Shanta S Harford
  • Keishona Passee

Embassy of Grenada, Havana, Cuba

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