In September 2017, a strong leadership group spearheaded by María Cristina Cárdenas Peralta, General Coordinator of @prende.mx, Ministry of Public Education championed the initiative to conduct the largest-ever national DQ pilot in public schools. The Mexican government started implementing national digital education reform by strategically engaging international players to bring international best-case practices to equip children with digital skills.
She and her team worked closely with the DQ Institute in order to localise Spanish-language educational contents for schools in Mexico. They persuaded the State Ministers of Education and educators one-by-one to become part of the national pilot roll-out. As a result, the DQ World programme was introduced across 13 different states within 3 months.
The government is collaborating with the DQ Institute to develop a national adoption plan for 2018 based on the 2017 Mexico national report.
The DQ Institute also collaborated closely with another partner, A Favor de lo Mejor (AFM) in the movement in Mexico. In October 2017, the AFM team communicated the significance of the DQ Screen Time Study as an important step to understanding the current state of students’ DQ and shared DQ learning materials through their powerful social media networks to interest local educators and parents in the programme. Within two months, AFM was able to bring over 16 schools from their network on-board and have over 5,000 students participate in the Study, from which over 3,000 additional 8-12 year old children were included in the study analysis.