BELMOPAN, Belize -- The “Escuela Secundaria Tecnica Mexico” (ESTM), in San Roman Village, Corozal District, Belize, is celebrating its 30th anniversary. The official ceremony was headed by its principal, Carlos Castillo, and the Mexican Ambassador Mario Velazquez. More than 800 people attended, including school officials, teachers, students and their families.
The Escuela México is a technical/vocational high school that was built and donated in 1982 by the Mexican government as a symbol of recognition of the Independence of Belize. In January 1983, formal classes began with an enrollment of 68 students and a staff of five teachers. Since its establishment, the student population has grown considerably. The enrollment now stands over 600 students.
In 2006, Mexico donated US$700,000 for the expansion of the school premises, in order to establish the Centro Escolar Mexico Junior College, which opened its doors in September 2007.
Today, this institution is managed by a Belizean board of directors. Throughout the years, Escuela Mexico has improved its academic standards and has achieved high marks at the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC). The school premises are also an important centre in the Corozal District for cultural and educational events.
In his address, Ambassador Velazquez highlighted the outstanding contribution that in the last three decades its graduates have made to Belize’s development.
The celebrations for the 30th anniversary included the presentation of the Traditional Dance Company of the Department of Culture of Quintana Roo. A traditional toy called “balero”, was raffled, which was manufactured by Mexican artisans from Mexico City and the states of Oaxaca and México, in order to promote handicraft products.