• Today, accompanied by his wife, Angélica Rivera de Peña, he opened the High School  of the Gaby Brimmer Center for Rehabilitation and Educational Integration for young people with disabilities.
  • They cannot fall behind. They cannot be excluded. On the contrary, in every order of government, it is up to us to ensure that all these Mexicans have access to the full exercise of their rights, he said.
  • We work with affection and all the support the government gives us so that children and youth with disabilities to continue to have better lives: Angélica Rivera de Peña.
  • We dream of standing out in society and only education can give us the possibilities and opportunities to fulfill our dreams: Jesús Angel García Arenas.
  • The educational infrastructure works inaugurated today are a sample of the quest for a more inclusive education: Aurelio Nuño.

President Enrique Peña Nieto today inaugurated the Gaby Brimmer Open High School for young people with disabilities, which is an example of how the government supports the work being done to fully enforce the rights enshrined in our Constitution.

Accompanied by his wife, Angélica Rivera de Peña, who assumed the commitment and promoted the remodeling of the facilities of the Gaby Brimmer Center for Rehabilitation and Educational Integration, which includes a High School, the president added, “It is a government effort, on several fronts, to ensure that the goals outlined in our Constitution are fully enforced, materialized and become a reality for each and every Mexican.”

President Peña Nieto thanked his wife because, “It was she who insisted that the government could support the DIF’s work in what we are inaugurating today.”

Recalling that yesterday he submitted a bill for same-sex marriage, the president said that it is estimated that, “There are 7.6 million Mexicans who have some form of disability, and the task we have, which we assume with great conviction and commitment, is to work for all of them have access to the same rights as the rest of Mexicans.”

“They cannot fall behind. They cannot be excluded. On the contrary, in the Government, in all its orders, it behooves us to work to ensure that all these Mexicans have access to the full exercise of their rights, by incorporating them into a life of fulfillment and giving them space to find happiness in everything they plan to do,” he said.

He said that this Education Center is proof of the various efforts being made to promote the inclusion of people with disabilities, who are entitled to enjoy the same rights as all Mexicans.”

President Peña Nieto said that this new high school, located within the Gaby Brimmer Center for Rehabilitation and Educational Integration is part of “the effort made by the government to ensure that people with disabilities are incorporated into some form of educational activity, rehabilitation and personal development.”

He said that in 2012, there were 26 centers for Students with Disabilities, whereas nowadays there are 250, “and the goal is to reach 500 centers like this.”

He said that the National DIF System, “Is responsible for looking after and supporting those in need, who are excluded from the opportunity to have medical care, rehabilitation, and education.”

The president declared that his administration has made, “A major effort to truly revolutionize the national education system, to bring it up to date and ensure that it truly serves the purpose of giving tools to Mexican children and youth so that tomorrow, as adults, they can build a space for personal fulfillment.”

He explained that this new educational model, “Involves having decent schools, teachers that are better trained and evaluated, and given ongoing training.”

“It also involves providing Care Centers for Students with Disabilities, to achieve inclusion and ensure that everyone is guaranteed the right to a quality education, as mandated by our Constitution,” he said.

At the end of the event, President Peña Nieto and his wife toured various facilities of the Gaby Brimmer Center, and conversed with the patients and their families.

I PROMISED WE WOULD FIX THE SCHOOL SO THAT YOU WOULD HAVE BETTER CONDITIONS FOR STUDYING; TODAY WE ARE FULFILLING THAT PLEDGE: ANGÉLICA RIVERA DE PEÑA

Angélica Rivera de Peña, the wife of President Enrique Peña Nieto and President of the DIF Citizens’ Advisory Board said that, “Today we are fulfilling our promise” to the disabled children studying at the Gaby Brimmer Center, since she said, “Some time ago, I promised that we would fix the school so that you would have better conditions to study and I also promised you that you would have a high school, to continue your studies after middle school.”

She highlighted the fact that, “We always listen to you to determine your needs and meet them. You have been given what you asked for. This is how we are all working, for all of you, with great effort and commitment.”

She said that, “Today is a very important day for us all, because we are giving you a much better center. The Gaby Brimmer Center now has better facilities, better services, with more than adequate space for all the consultations and therapies offered which the children need. This is where they receive their treatment and rehabilitation, their physical and speech therapy. In short, everything you all need to have a better quality of life.”

She thanked her husband, President Enrique Peña Nieto, “For the great job you are doing for the education and health of all the children in this country." She thanked him for his support in building the school and fixing all the classrooms: kindergarten, elementary and middle school.

She told the children: “You all give me an example of overcoming adversity, courage and love. Your everyday efforts touch our souls, which is we are working with all the love and support that the government gives all of you to continue to have a better life.”

WITH THE REMODELLED FACILITIES, WE CAN NOW RECEIVE OUR EDUCATION IN AN ENVIRONMENT OF RESPECT, EQUALITY, AND GREATER COMFORT: STUDENT JESÚS ÁNGEL GARCÍA.

Jesús Ángel García Arenas, a second grade student in middle school at the Gaby Brimmer Center, thanked President Enrique Peña Nieto and his wife, Angélica Rivera de Peña, for supporting the DIF, “Which gives children and adolescents the opportunity to receive our middle school education in an environment of respect, equality, and now, after the remodeling, greater comfort.”

He said: "You know that we are children with disabilities, but with the same needs and concerns as others.” We also dream of standing out in society and only education can give us the possibilities and opportunities to fulfill our dreams:

Expressing his gratitude for having a school in these facilities, which will allow them to continue their studies, he said that the children who receive care at the Center have a variety of interests. "Some would like to be doctors, other architects and, why not, with a degree, we could become like you. We could be concerned about future generations and give all Mexican children the opportunity to train and achieve a better Mexico,” he said.

DURING THIS ADMINISTRATION,  MIDDLE SCHOOL COVERAGE HAS RISEN EIGHT POINTS FROM 68 PERCENT TO 76 PERCENT: AURELIO NUÑO

Minister of Public Education Aurelio Nuño Mayer said that it is thanks to the vision, commitment and support of Mrs. Rivera Peña that these works were inaugurated today. She knows that education changes lives. ”This is a sign of the quest for more inclusive education,” he said.

He declared that from the third day of his government, December 3, 2012, “The president has been working, fighting and promoting the most extensive transformation of education seen by an entire generation in this country,” which pursues five major objectives:

First: the recovery of state control of education.

Second: the transformation of schools. "A new organization and schools with refurbished infrastructure.”

Third: the professionalization of Mexico’s teachers, through evaluations and training.

Fourth: new syllabuses and programs. "New contents and teaching methods for the 21st Century, which we will present over the next few weeks.”

Fifth: Much more inclusive education.

Aurelio Nuño reported that during President Peña Nieto’s administration, middle school coverage has increased by eight points from 68 to 76 percent. He said that in the next school cycle, the goal of 80 percent coverage at this level will be met.

THIS CENTER IS AN EXAMPLE OF HOW MUCH THE NATIONAL DIF IS DOING THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY. LAURA VARGAS

Laura Vargas Carrillo, head of DIF National System, said that from the first visits Angélica Rivera Peña made to this center, she realized where its needs lay and therefore ordered it to be remodeled. “This was how this project started,  which enabled us to undertake the first stage of its refurbishment with an investment of 23 million pesos.”

These funds, she said, made it possible to modernize the evaluation and treatment spaces within the Outpatient area, which comprises 10 offices is modernized; six for psychological care, one for dental care, six social work cubicles, an audiology booth and an X-ray room. The building also includes areas for occupational therapy and physical therapy, where rehabilitation is provided through hydrotherapy, mechanotherapy and electrotherapy.

She added that the classrooms where students at the National DIF have been pursuing a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy and occupational therapy, and at the graduate level, a specialization course in rehabilitation medicine since 1988, were also renewed.

She added that Mrs. Rivera de Peña also secured the participation of the Ministry of Education in the remodeling of the elementary schools, kindergarten, elementary and middle schools and the multiple stimulation room. “But that is not all. Mrs. Rivera de Peña’s vision and her concern for providing more tools for the children we attend here, made it possible to create  the open school, which is already operating.

“This Center is just one example of the many things we are doing in the national DIF throughout the country,” she declared. She said that with actions such as these and the direction of Mrs. Rivera de Peña, “The National DIF continues its commitment to meet the needs of the vulnerable population in our country and to take the possibility of a better quality of life to every corner, by strengthening the social fabric and the development of families in Mexico.”