New York, NY—On Friday, September 18th, 2015, the U.S.-Mexico Foundation (USMF) signed a MOU to further binational collaboration on educational programs with the Secretaría de Educación Pública (SEP) of the state of Puebla. The agreement was signed by Rebeca Vargas, President and CEO of the USMF and Patricia Vázquez, Secretary of Education of Puebla. The Governor of Puebla, Rafael Moreno Valle, Amb. Sandra Fuentes-Berain, Consul General of Mexico in New York, and Ellis Rubinstein, President & CEO of the NYAS were present to sign the MOU as honorable witnesses.
The agreement between the USMF and SEP Puebla formalizes an active collaboration to strengthen binational cooperation on education to develop programs such as student and academia exchanges, English learning programs, teacher training programs, delegations to Mexico of US-based Dreamers, and STEM programs like the recently launched mentoring program. The parties also committed to sharing information and best practices to strengthen education in Puebla and to jointly develop greater understanding, cooperation and solidarity between Mexico and the United States.
During his remarks, Gov. Rafael Moreno Valle highlighted the importance of education for his administration and noted that with the agreement, students and teachers in Puebla will benefit from innovative programs and new experiences resulting from a deeper engagement with the United States in the area of education. He also expressed his Government’s appreciation for the productive relationship with the USMF and expressed his support to continue and expand it.
Rebeca Vargas highlighted the existing cooperation between the USMF and Puebla and pointed out, as an example, the recent launch of a joint effort to implement in Puebla a STEM mentoring program for high school girls entitled “1,000 Girls-1,000 Futures.” Rebeca presented the following video to the audience and signaled the organization’s interest in expanding this program and others, such as the delegations of US based Dreamers to Mexico.
The USMF is proud to continue partnering with the SEP and Government of Puebla to create innovative programs with a binational impact.