As staff at the Sleepy Eye Head Start (SEHS) Migrant School prepare to begin their school season, a special guest, Hector Monges Moran, the secretary of public education for the Department of Education in Mexico, toured the school building on Tuesday.

 


As staff at the Sleepy Eye Head Start (SEHS) Migrant School prepare to begin their school season, a special guest, Hector Monges Moran, the secretary of public education for the Department of Education in Mexico, toured the school building on Tuesday.

Moran is part of a program “Education without borders,”?which is focused on developing a partnership between Mexico and the United States because the two countries share students.

More recently, U.S. born students with mixed heritage parents are returning to Mexico without the ability to speak Spanish.

Assistant Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) Elia Bruggeman, who accompanied Hector on his tour, said the purpose of this visit is to seek resources in Minnesota that will help students who migrate between the two countries. 

In the next month, three licensed teachers from Mexico will come to Minnesota to work along side migrant school teachers throughout the state to gain an idea of the cultural experiences and education migrant students receive.

One of those three teachers will spend six weeks in Sleepy Eye along side a migrant school teacher gaining knowledge to take back to Mexico.

This is in an effort to gain a better understanding of resources that may be available to help both Mexico and the United States partner together to give students the best educational opportunities that are available.

According to Noemi Trevino, a key player from the MDE in federal funding of migrant programs, there is a Binational Migrant Education program throughout other western and southern states in the U.S. Minnesota will begin initiating the same program this year. The program shares resources between the two countries, including, but not limited to, text books in both Spanish and English.

The SEHS Migrant School serves 110 students from a 60 mile radius of the Sleepy Eye area. Students begin arriving mainly from the Red River Valley in Texas and Mexico to work seasonal jobs around the area. Generally the migrant season ends in October.

The SEHS Migrant School enrolls students from six weeks old to just before kindergarten. A variety of services are offered at the school including a comprehensive program of education, physical and mental health, dental and developmental screenings to name a few.

The migrant school is funded through the state of Minnesota.