The Mexico Schools Program was created in 1996 to support childhood education—a pillar of human development—in Latin America.

The Mexico Schools Program is an international cooperation program that helps improve Latin American schools that bear the name of Mexico, its heroes or cities. It provides incentives for students and teachers and improvements for the schools. It started 20 years ago with schools in Central America; in 1998, it added the Dominican Republic, and in 2012 it was extended to South America.

The program currently includes 147 schools with about 60,000 students and 3,000 teachers.

As part of the program, each year the winners of two contests (a children’s painting contest and best student) travel to Mexico. This year, Foreign Secretary Ruiz Massieu welcomed 33 winners from 17 Latin American countries.