- In Mexico, 5 out of 10 children under the age of 6 years live in adverse conditions that dramatically limit their development.
- In terms of public spending in our country, in 2023 0.25% will be invested in early childhood against 19.8% in pensions.
- Because it is a priority and urgent issue, creating the Early Childhood Center is one of the best investments that can be made in health, wellbeing and human flourishing, hence the joint efforts between Tecnologico de Monterrey and FEMSA Foundation.
Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, May 22, 2023.- Tecnologico de Monterrey and FEMSA Foundation signed a collaboration agreement for the creation of the Early Childhood Center, whose purpose is to promote the wellbeing of this stage, in which scientific advances have shown that during the first 5 years of life people develop skills that are crucial for the future.
In Mexico, it is known that 5 out of 10 children under the age of 6 years live in adverse conditions that affect their development, therefore it is essential to ensure adequate support based on the age, context and condition of each child, which allows their development in a healthy way as well as their present and future wellbeing.
Tecnologico de Monterrey is an institution of the society that is at the service of the society, and that has declared to focus its research work on the great problems of humanity through ventures that generate solutions, and to invest in children is a priority issue and urgent.
This represents one of the best investments that can be made in health, wellbeing, and human flourishing, which is why Tecnologico de Monterrey and FEMSA Foundation have joined forces to create the Early Childhood Center.
“In Mexico, more than 5 million children between the ages of 0 and 5 live in poverty, and around 1.5 million of them suffer from chronic malnutrition. We need to articulate efforts between the public and private sectors, civil society and academia to maximize the impact with measurable results, which can then be replicated and taken to a larger scale”, said Eva Fernández, Manager of Social Investment in Early Childhood.
The Center’s purpose is to promote early childhood wellbeing through transdisciplinary and applied research; disclosure and transfer of information; and the articulation and training of key actors in the ecosystem to contribute to the creation and strengthening of public policies, programs and innovative, scalable solutions, with a regional scope and based on evidence.
“Thanks to the work of researchers around the world, today we understand the importance of the first years of life. Addressing the great inequalities of opportunity in early childhood through science is one of the best investments we can make for the health and wellbeing of our society”, said Guillermo Torre, Rector of TecSalud and Vice President of Research at Tecnologico de Monterey.
Tecnologico de Monterrey’s Early Childhood Center will be a space that seeks transdisciplinarity guided by the framework of early childhood care, which includes: mental and physical health of children; proper nutrition, education and care; protection and security; and healthy spaces and growth and learning environments.
“For years, at TEC and FEMSA Foundation we have collaborated on initiatives to promote early childhood development. With this Center, our goal is to become the leading point of reference on the subject in Mexico and Latin America. As a pediatrician with a specialty in global health and Head of the Center, we seek to promote the importance of early childhood in the discussion and action agenda”, said Manuel Pérez, Dean of the Northern Region of TecSalud School of Medicine and Health Sciences and Director of the Early Childhood Center.
The Early Childhood Center of Tecnologico de Monterrey will be the only academic center in the country dedicated to this purpose. Its design and creation contemplates the management of activities through 4 axes: research, training, communication and articulation. It also considers the early childhood ecosystem in the world and the gaps in Mexico and Latin America.
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FEMSA is a leading company that creates economic and social value through companies and institutions and seeks to be the best employer and neighbor of the communities where it has a presence. It participates in retail trade through its Proximity Division, which includes OXXO, a chain of small-format stores, OXXO Gas, a chain of service stations, and Valora, our European retail unit that operates convenience and food service stores. In retail trade, FEMSA also participates through a Health Division, which includes pharmacies and related activities; and the Digital@FEMSA Division, which includes Spin by OXXO and OXXO Premia, as well as other loyalty initiatives and digital financial services. In the beverage industry, it participates by operating Coca-Cola FEMSA, the world’s largest bottler of Coca-Cola products by sales volume; and in the beer sector, as the second largest shareholder of Heineken, one of the world’s leading beer companies with a presence in more than 70 countries. FEMSA also participates in the logistics and distribution industry through FEMSA Strategic Business, which additionally provides refrigeration solutions at the point of sale and plastic solutions to its companies and external clients. Through its Business Units, it employs more than 350,000 employees in 18 countries. FEMSA is a member of the Dow Jones MILA Pacific Alliance Sustainability Index, the FTSE4Good Emerging Index and the S&P/BMV Total México ESG Index, among other indices that assess its sustainability performance.
About FEMSA Foundation
In FEMSA Foundation our goal is to create positive impact on people and communities through social investment projects for sustainability. We make a better future for all by working in three strategic areas: the promotion of efficient resource management for sustainable development, the promotion of the integral development of early childhood and the dissemination of Latin American art and culture. For more information, visit us at www.fundacionfemsa.org or follow us on Facebook (/ FundacionFEMSA) and Twitter (@FundacionFEMSA).
About Tecnologico de Monterrey
Tecnológico de Monterrey (http://www.tec.mx) is a private, non-profit multi-campus university system. Since its foundation in 1943, it has stood out for its academic excellence, educational innovation, entrepreneurship and internationalization, as well as for its links with industry and employers, and its great capacity for execution. It has campuses in 28 cities in Mexico; an enrollment of more than 67,000 undergraduate and graduate students, almost 7,000 professors, as well as more than 26,000 high school students and 2,500 teachers at that level.
Since 1950, the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools accredits the institution. According to the 2023 QS World University Rankings, it ranks in the position 170, 30th among private universities in the world; and in the 2022 QS Graduate Employability Rankings, as number 1 in Latin America and 26 in the world. According to the 2022 Times Higher Education Latin America University Rankings, it ranks 1st in Mexico and 5th in Latin America; it is also the only university outside the US in the 2022 Top Schools for Entrepreneurship Ranking by Princeton Review and Entrepreneur, position 6 in entrepreneurship programs at the undergraduate level. It belongs to various networks of international prestige such as the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU), Universitas 21 (U21) and The Worldwide Universities Network (WUN), among others.