Blyth Academy Announces new school opening in Mexico City

Although we are separated by a massive nation, ties between Canada and Mexico are becoming deeper, stronger and more diverse all the time.

Now Blyth Academy has announced an initiative that will bring us closer in an even more profound way. In August 2018, Blyth Academy will be opening a new school in Mexico City—adding to the 17 existing campuses in Ontario, Washington DC, Doha and (as of September 2017) Florence, Italy.

Blyth Academy CEO Sam Blyth unveiled the plan at the firm’s 40th Anniversary celebration at the new head office on Avenue Road in Toronto.

“This decision reflects the growing affection and cooperation between Canada and Mexico in both good and challenging times,” Mr. Blyth told a gathering of well-wishers.

“Blyth Academy Mexico City has become a reality only with the outstanding support of the Mexican government,” he added.

Mexico’s Consul General in Toronto, Porfirio Thierry Muñoz-Ledo, was an honoured guest at the event and told the crowd that the Mexican Government warmly welcomes the initiative, saying: “I’m very glad Mexico can join the network of Blyth academies around the world.”

In an interview afterwards, Mr. Muñoz-Ledo noted that this is a big step—the first time a Canadian school is setting up in Mexico.

“Mexico considers that education is the foundation for development. An important part of economic integration. The Mexican government believes education is a human right,” he said.

Minister of economic growth and development shaking the Mexican Consul General's hand
Mexican Consul General standing next to Sam Blyth at 40th Anniversary party

He said that education is at the heart of the Mexican government’s priorities: to promote peace, eradicate poverty and drive sustainable development.

Blyth Academy Mexico City will allow young Mexicans to have access to an international curriculum, as taught by a Canadian institution and will be an invaluable opportunity to learn English (with a Canadian accent).

“I think this is a model of cooperation,” said Mr. Muñoz-Ledo.

Mexico has long been a favourite winter destination for citizens of the great white north, with about 3 million tourists a year. Less well-known is that 300-thousand Mexicans visit Canada annually. We are each other’s third-largest trading partner, doing more than $37 billion in business in 2015.

Mr. Muñoz-Ledo said he believes that Blyth Academy Mexico City will help build new bridges between the two nations, to the benefit of both.

In thanking Mr. Muñoz-Ledo for his support, Mr. Blyth said that Blyth Academy is committed to being an important contributor to the Mexico City community in the years to come.

Though our physical doors remain temporarily closed, the minds of our students stay open. Summer classes are continuing to meet on their regular daily schedules, in virtual classrooms with face-to-face instruction and peer interaction.  The Blyth Academy model of small class sizes, flexible scheduling and individualized approach have enabled us to remain faithful to our standards. Our commitment to ongoing and meaningful communication between school, teachers, students and families has been critical to this effort.

Although our students have transitioned into summer mode and COVID-19 restrictions have begun to loosen, we are looking ahead to what September will hold for our campuses and families.
We want to be clear - our preference and our priority is to get students back to our campuses, but we must ensure this is done in a safe and effective way. While we await official guidance from Public Health and the Ministry of Education, a "return to school" task force has been hard at work putting concrete operational plans in place for all likely scenarios. This includes a full return to campus with safeguards, a blended model of virtual and in-campus learning and the continuation of fully virtual classrooms. All scenarios will provide robust learning and live, daily instruction and interaction with teachers and peers. 
With ten campuses across Ontario, we realize that each one of our schools is a unique space and community. We will be implementing across-the-board policies on hand washing, facility cleaning and social distancing measures. Each school is also prepared to pivot individually based on the guidance of local health authorities and to best serve students and families. 
Our recent survey showed that over 80 per cent of Blyth Academy families are eager to return to campuses, and we are hard at work to prepare for this day. As September's scenario becomes clearer and more information becomes available, we will continue to communicate. 

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