Consul General Timothy Zúñiga-Brown participates in the opening ceremony of the “Strengthening our Roots” English Learning Program for Ind

Consul General Timothy Zúñiga-Brown with group of students from the "Strengthening our roots" English learning program for Indigenous Women

Monterrey, Nuevo León, March 16, 2016

In an effort to support communities in Nuevo Leon, the U.S. Consulate General in Monterrey in coordination with the Binational Center inaugurated the English language program ” Fortaleciendo nuestras Raíces” (Strengthening Our Roots). The program is aimed at teaching English to 25 indigenous women in Monterrey.

The program will last one calendar year and consists of 300 hours of coursework of English and computer skills, and includes leadership skills and American culture components. The age of the participants vary from 18 to 50 years of age.  All of the participants are currently bilingual (Spanish and indigenous language) and will soon be trilingual.

The indigenous languages spoken by the participants are:  Huesteco o Téenek, Mixe, Mixteco, Náhuatl, Otomí, and Tarahumara and the participants are originally from communities in the states of Hidalgo, Jalisco, San Luis Potosí, Veracruz, Oaxaca, Chihuahua, Quintana Roo and several were born in Nuevo Leon to indigenous parents who previously left their communities.

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