Time to Educate
Only fools confuse value and price..
Antonio Machado (1875 – 1939)
During a recent visit to the Plantel Azteca campus to present tuition vouchers, I was reminded of how much I have enjoyed following the evolution of the school over the past 16 years.
At Grupo Salinas and Fundacion Azteca we’re proud of the impressive list of achievements of this school, which emphasizes universal values, excellence, and motivation to provide a promising future for students and their families.
Every year we organize a ceremony to present each student with a tuition voucher. But here we should not confuse value and price, to paraphrase the Spanish writer Antonio Machado. The students at the Plantel Azteca campus receive a check for 50,000 pesos to cover the cost of an education that’s worth infinitely more. The students know it and take full advantage of it.
Mexico is a country with many needs and we cannot afford to squander resources on educational projects the fail to provide results.
To improve education, we should forge a vision and chart a path to reach specific goals. Plantel Azteca is now an established reality evidenced by more than 9,000 graduates. I am proud to say that many of them have built very successful careers.
It is obvious that the education system is in crisis. Even though spending on education in Mexico is considerable in relation to the country’s gross domestic product, according to figures from the OECD and the World Bank, there is a growing disparity that threatens to keep our youth from the opportunities offered by an increasingly competitive global environment.
This problem affects all of us and the main victims are precisely the youth. According to a report by the International Labor Organization entitled Global Employment Trends, close to 75 million young people worldwide are unemployed.
Our work at Plantel Azteca focuses on providing relevant skills and knowledge to students, preparing them with a global outlook so that they can compete effectively in any profession, anywhere in the world.
Education is one of the foundations of the cultural change that we need. Human capital is the most important form of wealth and strengthening it is the only way to develop Mexico.
We owe it to future generations to make education a priority. In the private sector, we can continue to show innovative models. At the same time, as citizens it’s our duty and right to demand results in education from the government.
A case for cultural change
Investing in our youth
Plantel Azteca, a great investment in Mexico’s future