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Evaluation “ENLACE” 2008: An effort towards quality education in Mexico

“ENLACE” is a tool to promote the participation of the education community and influence public policies in Mexico

MEXICO CITY, 14 April 2008 - UNICEF today participated in the launch of the third round of “ENLACE”, a nationwide test of  education in Mexico with the participation of approximately 11 million primary and secondary school students from all over the country.

“ENLACE” represents an important effort towards improving the quality of education in Mexico and contributing to the fulfillment of every child’s right to learn”, said Susana Sottoli, UNICEF Mexico Representative .

This new edition of “ENLACE” aims to promote participation from every sector of Mexican society through the wide spread dissemination and the sharing of information.

“The active participation of everybody in education is crucial to build schools where children can fully enjoy their right to learn in a safe and protective environment,” said Sottoli.

The results obtained through this evaluation will offer a key tool for the design of public policies. However, other measures are necessary to advance towards education reform oriented to the quality of education, the reduction of existing disparities at state and municipal levels, and also between private and public education.   

The “ENLACE” test is directed to students from third to sixth grade of primary education and from third year of secondary education. During the next few days it will be applied for the very first time to young people in the last year of high school. This test will be done in both public and private schools covering the subjects of Spanish, mathematics and science.


Mexico is the most populous Spanish-speaking country in the world and home to almost 40 million children. The economic growth over the last years has made Mexico an upper-middle income country, but still great disparities and social exclusion remain. Education, protection, and public policies are UNICEF's priorities in the Mexico Country Programme 2008-2012.

To learn more about UNICEF’s work in Mexico, please visit: www.unicef.org/mexico


UNICEF is on the ground in over 150 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence.  The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS.  UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

To learn more about UNICEF’s work in Mexico, please visit: www.unicef.org/mexico

For more information, please contact Monica Sayrols (msayrols@unicef.org) at UNICEF Mexico or call + 52 55 5284-9556.




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