October 28, 2009 at 10:57 · Classifieds in Without Evasion
Several weeks ago, when Yoani Sánchez told some friends about her dream to establish a blogger academy, many of us knew that, rather than an idea, such a project was already “a done deal”. Surely, when this fragile looking girl “unloads” such time bombs on us, it is because the detonation is programmed to go off within a few seconds. However, this dream is no accident or improvised dream: long months of Itinerario Blogger, during which she conveyed to us a lot of her own knowledge and extensive computer experience, was the direct background of this bold proposal.
The kind-hearted and romantic commitment of creating a venue capable of “giving wings to Cubans wishing to fly through the Internet” -as she likes to call it- immediately infected us, making those of us present feel just like midwives who would shortly assist in the birth of a small but wonderful creature: an academy unique in its class, whose basic requirements for students and teachers are their outright vocation for freedom of expression and information and their decision to to exercise it.
Classes began just this Monday, October 26th.. There were about 30 people there, where we initially imagined 15. The group, a generational and professional veritable kaleidoscope, revealed known and “new” faces, all of them hopeful and optimistic in their desire to seek and find the unprecedented adventure of achieving the requisite knowledge for free expression. A current of empathy and respect prevailed in this first meeting as a good omen of better times ahead.
For some of us, a few months ago, Yoani opened the path and started to train us in the use of the virtual wings. Now, those who, thanks to that, have our own web spaces, are a group of restless idealists of the most varied training who will be alternating between the teacher podium and the student desk, according to each case, and putting in the maximum of our best energies in boosting the possible utopia of giving and receiving knowledge that very soon will be at the service of freedom.