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Yucatecan teachers will transmit culture, values​​, and traditions to Oregon, USA

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Three teachers, from Mérida and Tekax, traveled to the state of Oregon, United States, as part of the binational exchange promoted by the Ministry of Public Education to transmit national culture, values ​​, and traditions to Mexican students who migrate between Mexico and the United States of America.

The general coordinator of Strategic Programs, Luis Alfonso Álvarez Arceo, reported that the teachers traveling to this exchange are Kenia Peraza Vázquez from the “Elena Valencia Gil” preschool in the municipality of Tekax, as well as Cinthya Sarabia Chi and Alicia Romero Ávila from the primary schools. “José Vasconcelos” and “Eladio Novelo Gil”, both from Mérida.

He explained that the Mexico-United States Summer Teacher Exchange Program is carried out with the objective that teachers from the republic travel to different cities in the American Union for a period of 3 to 8 weeks, to work with girls and boys of Mexican origin to reinforce their national identity and strengthen the use of the Spanish language.

In this way, the school continuity of migrant girls, boys, and young people in both countries is ensured, reinforcing the knowledge of history, culture, values ​​, and national traditions in migrant students with projects that they developed during their training, to meet the specific objectives they wish to provide to the school community.

Kenia Peraza Vázquez, who will have a five-week stay at the “Fairfield Elementary School” in Lane, Oregon, pointed out that with her project titled “An intercultural journey through play and creativity,” she seeks to bring students closer to dance, songs, typical clothing, crafts, and typical games, which make them feel that closeness to their country of origin.

“I am excited to be part of a different cultural experience and to be able to share my knowledge in another country because I believe that this will be a great opportunity to grow both individually and professionally. I wish all my colleagues every success in this new experience and I hope it is full of many learnings,” he commented.

Likewise, Cinthya Sarabia Chi added that during her five-and-a-half-week stay at “North Gresham Elementary School” located in Multnomah, Oregon, she will reinforce cultural identity, sense of belonging, and knowledge with her “My Magic Town” project. of festivities, nature, people, culture, gastronomy, crafts, general culture, and the traditional Janal Pixan.

Teachers must get involved in these programs and generate their opportunities for personal and professional growth in the educational field. This exchange will also contribute to learning from other cultures, expanding our knowledge, developing skills, and living new experiences, he pointed out.

The teacher Alicia Carolina Romero Ávila will have a six-week stay at the “Pioneer Elementary School”, with her project “A trip full of color through Mexico”, with which she will develop themes that demonstrate the cultural diversity of Yucatan, the Mayan culture and Mexican crafts.

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