The Educa Mexico Foundation Welcomes Ricardo Orrantia, President of Grupo Altavista and the Orrantia Family Foundation, to its Board of Trustees

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The Educa Foundation and the Orrantia Family Foundation join forces to work together in improving education in Mexico.

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The Orrantia Family Foundation is proud to support the Educa Foundation in Mexico through a multi-year commitment to its key development programs.

The Educa Mexico Foundation welcomes Ricardo Orrantia, President of Grupo Altavista, to its Board of Trustees, whereby the Educa Mexico Foundation and the Orrantia Family Foundation will work together toward improving education in Mexico. Both organizations share many common goals and are happy to join forces.

Established in 1995, Educa Mexico is a foundation committed to providing quality educational programs to under-privileged children and young at-risk adults across Mexico. Over the years, Educa has invested in designing and implementing innovative educational programs that have been incorporated into the curricula of Educa’s targeted school network. These schools currently provide education to over 10,000 students and have served over 42,000 students over the past 20 years. The growing Educa school network serves students in impoverished communities with greatly limited or in many cases, no access to the government-run public school system.

Educa’s network of schools not only brings innovative educational programs to both teachers and students but more importantly, the network guides school boards in establishing quality standards for improvement in the existing educational program mechanisms. Educa’s education initiatives include impacting basic education through curriculum changes, providing complementary educational courses such as financial education programs for children and teenagers (called Aflatoun and Aflateen) and a school garden program called “From Seed to Plate” (“De la Semilla al Plato”).

To promote and evaluate innovative educational strategies and methodologies, Educa first identifies the needs in its network of schools and then, with the consent of both parents and school boards, brings in specialized researchers in educational techniques to design and test methods which will eventually become part of Educa’s programs. Through this, Educa aims to ensure the effectiveness of its programs and become a renowned incubator of educational innovation.

The Educa Mexico Foundation also includes the ambitious goal of becoming Mexico’s first skills and training certification program, which will provide people in trades with an officially recognized degree. In order to accomplish this, Educa has now formally received the first such license for skills certification from Mexico’s Ministry of Education and is in the process of launching an online university for this very purpose.

Ricardo Orrantia, President of Grupo Altavista noted: “Education is the backbone of the future of Mexico and is a key pillar of the mission of our family foundation. We are deeply committed to this cause and are proud to support the initiatives of the Educa Foundation. As I have previously shared with our employees, vendors and customers, we must all do our share to improve the lives of underprivileged Mexicans and one of the best ways to do this is to improve the educational standards and their delivery methods in our country. Educa is passionate about their work and we are honored to join them.”

The Orrantia Foundation has entered into a multi-year financial commitment to support Educa Foundation’s launch of the aforementioned online university, the funding of scholarships and key sector research, as well as the establishment of an education curriculum aimed at developing entrepreneurial skills.

As Rosa Gluyas, Director of Educa Mexico noted, the Orrantia Family Foundation´s belief is that education is the strongest and most viable option to promote sustainable improvements in the lives of Mexicans as well as a critical tool to alleviate many of Mexico’s social problems including poverty, inequality and crime. The Foundation wishes to stress programs specifically targeted toward young people at risk of dropping out of school. The Orrantia Family Foundation finds a partner in Educa in its goal to provide capable and willing adults of all ages with professional college level education through a combination of grants, coaching and scholarship programs.

Educa Mexico Foundation is honored to welcome an outstanding citizen such as Ricardo Orrantia as a member of its Board in order to continue our shared goal of transforming education in Mexico.

To learn more about Educa Mexico’s programs and how you can contribute please visit http://www.educa.org.mx

For inquiries regarding the work of the Orrantia Family Foundation and the institutions it supports, please contact Adriana Macin (amacin(at)grupoaltavista(dot)com.mx) or visit our website http://www.grupoaltavista.com/our-foundation.

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