Plazas Comunitarias e-México In The United States
International Affairs Unit
CONEVyT-INEA Plaza Comunitaria
Mission: The mission of Plaza Comunitaria is to provide a variety of ongoing educational and cultural opportunities for native Spanish-speakers living in the United States. Organizations form Mexico and the U.S. are working in partnership to bring this resource center into existence and consistently strive to provide learning environments at locations that are easily accessible to many diverse groups in local communities.
Locally there are a large number of students within the Mountain Home School District that come from migrant family backgrounds. These families are usually first and second generation Mexican, primarily, and many of the parents have not yet learned English. Because their primary concern is to make a living and provide for their children they have not acquired the fundamental educational skills that would allow them to be culturally assimilated with ease. Thus, they have a tendency to isolate themselves from the rest of the community without knowledge of possible ways to complete basic education. The Plazas Comunitarias are there precisely to support the education of Latin emigrants living in the United States.
Plaza Comunitaria in Idaho
Welcome to our Mountain Home Plaza Comunitaria the first Plaza in Idaho inaugurated on Fri. February 18, 2005 in Richard McKenna Charter High School. We used a videoconference and connected with Salvador Jiménez Muñoz, Mexican Cónsul in Salt Lake City, Ut. Mexican Consulate and Lic. Atala Pérez Rodríguez, Director of the Mexican Institute of the Exterior.
We are currently located at West Elementary School where Principal Nancy BrLetic, had generously facilitated the use of the Computer Lab No. 13 and 3 years later Lab No. 22 for these classes. These educational meetings took place on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:00 to 4:30 and 5:00 to 7:00 pm.
Currently we offer classes only on Thursdays from 5:00 to 7:00 pm as this timetable favors the schedules of our students who both work and care for their children. We have dedicated volunteers available to help students assimilate their studies independently. Part of this time is used for group activities to put ESL (English as a Second Language) into practice.
There are more than 270 Plazas Comunitarias in the United States. In this website you will find information about the Educational System that INEA uses and everything related with this operation.
Furthermore, you will have access to the Automated Progress and Accreditation for Communities in the Exterior (SASAE), to a series of resources to support learning, and the Directory of Officials of Mexican Consulates in the USA.
Plazas Comunitarias are open places for community education where people, in accordance to their interests, can come to learn how to read, to write, to finish elementary or middle school, complete High School, GED, ESL or take some online training for the working force. All this, taking advantage of the information and telecommunication technologies within a computer room with access to the Internet.
Finally, all this is done mainly through independent study, supported by personnel willing to help students learn how to use the resources such as CONEVyT’s education portal, books, CDs and videos. These programs and services from INEA are free.
We would like to use this opportunity to thank all of our collaborators: Mountain Home School District, West Elementary School, Public Library, ECHO, Parks and Recreation, Head Start, and Migrant Head Start with their unconditional help that make this project functional.
Mountain Home, Idaho 83647 USA
Mountain Home Plaza Comunitaria – Community Learning