Havana, Cuba.- Cuba is celebrating today the World Day of Social Justice with important achievements in health and education, and dedicating a large amount of resources to develop these and other sectors.

According to the Minister of Finance and Prices, Lina Pedraza, about 55 percent of the state budget plan for 2018 contains the progress of those areas in the Caribbean island.

Pedraza said this statement during the committee works prior to the 10th Ordinary Sessions of the Eighth Legislature of the National People’s Power Assembly, held in December 2017.

The Cuban government allocates millions of pesos to guarantee enrollment in general and higher education, being free education one of the main achievements of the 1959 Revolution. Education Minister, Ena Elsa Velázquez, said that more than 1,740,000 students attend classes in several education levels.

In the context of the recently concluded 11th International Congress of Higher Education, Universidad 2018, held on February 12-16, Velázquez noted that Cuba has more than 10,600 educational centers.

Instituted in 2007 by the UN General Assembly, the World Day of Social Justice supports the work of the international community to eradicate poverty and promote full employment and decent work, as well as gender equality.