Our Youth Deserve an Education Model Designed for Excellence
Last week I had the privilege of attending the Graduation Ceremony of Plantel Azteca school, where Grupo Salinas is working to develop and evolve an educational model that generates a true Cultural Change through an education of excellence and values.
At Plantel Azteca we know that ideas matter. Good ideas grow because they are like seeds that bear fruit over time. Today, this project is a verdant, robust tree. Its seed was planted 22 years ago and this tree has borne great fruit in committed and internationally outstanding people, such as alumnus of Mario Molina, a world-class consultant, or another graduate who developed an entire operating system specialized in forensic computing, among many other outstanding alumni.
As robust trees, which together make up a grand forest, each of our 12,000 graduates has spread the ideas that transform entire communities. A large proportion of our graduates have obtained scholarships to study at the best public and private universities in Mexico, and go on to masters and doctorates at many of the best universities in the world.
A large proportion of our graduates have obtained scholarships to study at the best public and private universities in Mexico.
I have always believed that education should train well-rounded individuals, and in this sense, year after year, Plantel Azteca surpasses itself, placing itself among the best schools in Mexico— not only in academia— but also because of its educational model that prioritizes reasoning above memorization, and integral development projects such as our internationally-recognized robotics programs, computing courses, English language program, horticulture training, the Esperanza Azteca Orchestra, and our model United Nations team.
Our goal is to bring this education revolution to the whole country and to transform Mexico through a true Cultural Change that focuses on building a culture of legality, education, family, an appreciation of the relationship between effort and wealth, and the urgent need to strengthen our entrepreneurial culture and increase our entrepreneurial capital.
We have come much farther than we imagined, but we should never settle. In addition to Plantel Azteca, today we have two other schools, Escuelas de Talentos, in Puebla and Guanajuato based on the same model. A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to visit our campus in León, where I was surprised by the great progress made by the Escuela de Talentos Guanajuato in two years.
The success we see in Guanajuato and Puebla is the result of collaboration between companies, society, and government. These projects require the coordination of many people and organizations to turn a dream into reality. Because Plantel Azteca grew out of a dream: to give outstanding young people with a strong desire to learn and better themselves the opportunity to receive an excellent education.
Plantel Azteca grew out of a dream: to give outstanding young people with a strong desire to learn and better themselves the opportunity to receive an excellent education.
Plantel Azteca teaches us that anything is possible. I consider myself a rational optimist: I believe that together — companies, society and government — we can provide hundreds of thousands of young people with the opportunity to prepare themselves to be an active part of the evolution of Mexico. We want at least one Plantel Azteca Campus in each state of the country.
In my opinion, a successful life consists of striving to create our passions and never being afraid. This is the vision we have made a reality at Plantel Azteca. Our youth deserve a better educational model that allows them to achieve all their dreams. Only then will Mexico reach the level of development we so desire.