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U.S. Government Supports Mexican Youth and Teachers

Statement by Ambassador Antonio O. Garza

Mexico City, July 23, 2008 - “Education develops the mind, and with greater education comes greater opportunity.

“Today we celebrated with 42 Mexicans that have been awarded TIES Scholarships. Twenty-seven gifted students will be going to community colleges in the U.S. to obtain two-year technical degrees in fields like natural resource and water management, quality control, electronics, agribusiness, and small and medium enterprise. Fifteen teachers will attend Arizona State University for one year of training and capacity building in order to return to Mexico and strengthen rural primary education for indigenous children.

“Since 2001 our TIES (Training, Internships, Exchanges and Scholarships) program has granted a total of 253 scholarships for students and teachers from the states of Chiapas, Chihuahua, Guanajuato, Guerrero, Jalisco, México, Michoacán, Nayarit, Oaxaca, Querétaro, San Luis Potosí and Mexico City.

“TIES is an eight-year, 50 million dollar presidential initiative which aims to strengthen the U.S.–Mexico relationship by increasing competitiveness and promoting better living standards for Mexicans. The program also establishes training, internship, exchange and scholarship relationships between U.S. and Mexican universities to address common problems.

“The participants’ experiences bring the United States and Mexico closer together as the students become ambassadors of Mexico while in the U.S. I feel honored to meet and support so many talented and enthusiastic Mexicans, who are working hard to improve their minds, improve their communities, and improve their country.”


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