Education & Training Sector in Mexico

An Expert's View about Educational and Community Associations in Mexico

Posted on: 21 Sep 2010

Mexico has one of the largest education systems in Latin America. A number of key areas of specific interest have been identified in the Mexican market.

Sector briefing Education Opportunities in Mexico Why Mexico? Education for all Mexicans is one of the highest priorities of the Mexican government. The education structure is based on UNESCO recommendations, consisting of six years of primary education followed by three years of lower secondary education (nine years of compulsory education in all). Six-and-a-half per cent of Mexico?s GDP is spent on education. The system is complex with the high number of children living in poverty and marginalised areas, inequality and ethnic groups representing the main challenges faced by the Ministry. The government strategy focuses on five pillars: Business Monitor: ?Mexico has ? Educational infrastructure - initiatives to one of the largest education build and re-furbish school infrastructure. systems in Latin America. ? ICT for education - to continue ensuring Approximately 33 million students modern communication tools are are enrolled at different levels.? available in classrooms. ? Vocational training - to continue with efforts to link the education structure to industry needs. ? Permanent evaluation - carried out through ENLACE tests, where both teachers and students are evaluated. UK Trade & Investment sector briefing: education opportunities in Mexico ? Integrated Educational Reform - incorporate IT and use it to best improving access to education for all advantage. students. ? Laboratory Equipment - equip all labs in secondary and technical universities The National IT Skills Programme, agreed in with updated, state-of-the-art 2009, aimed to create a major change in the testing/experimental equipment for traditional educational models of primary and chemistry, physics and natural science. lower secondary, virtual lower secondary school and educational programmes for the ? Early learners level - supply, at a indigenous groups , by applying ICT teaching Kindergarten level, all types of didactic models. Four action plans have been identified: material. 1. Teaching model ? Student welfare and development - a. Standardisation of national and Need for Health and Nutrition international tests Programmes for Schools. b. Academic achievement indicator c. ICT learning programmes ? Special Needs - teaching equipment for the visually impaired, hearing aids 2. Evaluation and mobility equipment. a. ICT training for teachers b. Teachers accreditation and ? Vocational Training for engineering certification system and industrial areas (VET). In Mexico, VET has an important social role, 3. Education System Management providing learning opportunities to a. Quality Indicators students at risk of dropping out. b. ICT networking within schools Measures have been taken to integrate c. Implementation of a ?Digital School VET into a broad framework of life-long Zone? learning, but there is a need to create quality standards for workplace training 4. Infrastructure and to improve the data on labour ICT educational infrastructure for market needs and outcomes. classrooms If you have any questions on the opportunities discussed above, get in touch with the UKTI Opportunities contacts listed at the end of this report. Business opportunities aimed specifically at UK A number of key areas of specific interest have companies are added daily to the UKTI been identified in the Mexican market: website. These leads are sourced by our staff overseas in British Embassies, High ? Modernising of learning centres - to Commissions and Consulates, across all sectors equip primary and secondary schools and in over 100 markets. with ICT tools (computers, whiteboards and hardware devices), equip and Search for business opportunities on the UKTI create connectivity centres and to website, or register to receive regular updates. supply school furniture for private schools. ? Software ? creating interactive content for mathematics and science courses, digitalising textbooks, engineering software. ? Professionalism and training for teachers and authorities courses for teachers, evaluation and assessment tools; including English courses at all levels and training teachers to UK Trade & Investment sector briefing: education opportunities in Mexico Major events and activities UKTI contacts Education Equipment Exhibition Marcela Lopez Club EPE (Education Suppliers Trade & Investment Officer Association) British Embassy Mexico Tel: (0052 55) 1670 3243 March 2011 Email: marcela.lopez@fco.gov.uk www.ukti.gov.uk For details of events in Mexico, use the Paola Jimenez events search on the UKTI website or register Trade & Investment Research Officer to receive regular updates. New export events British Embassy Mexico are added daily. Tel: (0052 55) 1670 3241 Email: paola.jimenez@fco.gov.uk UKTI?s Tradeshow Access Programme (TAP) www.ukti.gov.uk provides grant support for eligible Small & Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) to attend British Embassy Mexico City trade shows overseas. Rio Lerma No. 71 Col Cuauhtemoc The UKTI website also has general information 06500 Mexico DF about Mexico, including an overview of its Tel: (0052 55) 1670 3200 economy, business culture, potential Fax: (0052 55) 1670 3217 opportunities and other relevant issues. www.ukinmexico.fco.gov.uk/es Other contacts Juan Carlos Hernandez British Council - Mexico Lope de Vega 316 Col Chapultepec Morales Tel. 52631900 ext. 1922 JuanCarlos.Hernandez@britishcouncil.org.mx www.britishcouncil.org.mx Stephen J. Smith The Anglo Mexican Foundation Director General Antonio Caso 127 Col San Rafael 06470 Mexico Tel: (0052 55) 3067 8821 Ssmith@tamf.org.mx www.tamf.org.mx Lic. Francisco Lopez Diaz EPE ? Education Suppliers Association Director General Tel. (0052 55) 9000 0144 Email: direcciongeneral@clubepe.com.mx www.clubepe.com.mx UK Trade & Investment sector briefing: education opportunities in Mexico Next steps ? how UKTI can help ? Establishing whether potential Brit contacts are interested in working ish companies wishing to develop their with you. business in the Mexican market are advised ? Arranging appointments. to undertake as much market research and ? Organising seminars or other events planning as possible in the UK. UKTI?s team for you to meet contacts and promote in Mexico, with its wide local knowledge and your company. experience, can provide a range of services to British-based companies wishing to grow This work is available via our Overseas their business in global markets. Market Introduction Service (OMIS), a chargeable service which assists British- This could include: based companies wishing to enter or expand their business in overseas markets. ? Provision of market information. ? Validated lists of agents/distributors. To find out more about commissioning this ? Key market players or potential work, or accessing other UKTI services and customers. specialist advice, contact your local UKTI office. Whereas every effort has been made to ensure that the information given in this document is accurate, neither UK Trade & Investment nor its parent Departments (the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office), accept liability for any errors, omissions or misleading statements, and no warranty is given or responsibility accepted as to the standing of any individual, firm, company or other organisation mentioned. Published 2010 by UK Trade & Investment. Crown Copyright © UK Trade & Investment sector briefing: education opportunities in Mexico
Posted: 21 September 2010

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