Schools of Colombia
686 piecitos colorados in 6 schools in Chacua, Aguada de Ceferino, Florencia, Caldas, Jamundí, and Clemencia.
Incorporated in 2009, 52 children are taught there.
Location: Village of Chacua, municipality of Soacha, Cundinamarca Department.
Characteristics of the infrastructure found: The building’s ceilings and water well were in bad condition. The toilets were practically unfit for use. The electricity system was unreliable.
Socio-economic characteristics: Most of the parents are illiterate, working as building labourers or as operators in factories. The community is very much involved in the schools as are the adults from the area, thus every Saturday adult literacy classes are given.
Incorporated in 2010, 133 children are taught there
Location: Village of La Aguada de Ceferino, municipality of San Juan de Girón, Santander Department.
Characteristics of the infrastructure found: The school had no fresh water and had only two bathrooms for more tan 70 students and teachers. There were ventilation and lighting problems in the class room. Sports court without a security fence.
Socio-economic characteristics: Most of the families in the municipality work in agriculture (especially pineapple growing) and in the breeding of fryer chickens. Most of the adults are illiterate. The school is at the centre of community life, with several activities being held there.
Incorporated in 2010, 273 children are taught there.
Location: Village of Santander, Corregimiento de Santo Domingo, municipality of Florencia, Caquetá Department.
Characteristics of the infrastructure found: Very dilapidated building. The majority of pupils were studying in improvised wooden class rooms. The bathrooms were in an extremely bad condition as they did not count with the necessary equipment and spaces for both the girls and boys at the school.
Socio-economic characteristics: The area has a high rate of people fleeing violence. There is a high rate of illiteracy and most people live off small-scale crop growing, livestock breeding and fish farming. There are pupils who have to walk up to five hours to study at this educational centre, which boards around 100 pupils during the week.
Incorporated in 2012, 42 children are taught there.
Location: Village of El Pindo, municipality of Villamaría, Caldas department.
Characteristics of the infrastructure found: There were cracks and problems in the ceilings. The kitchen and bathrooms were found in bad condition and not able to provide its required services.
Socio-economic characteristics: Settlers with very low income that live in areas at some distance from the school. The majority of the pupils are the children of milkers and farmers. The area’s economy is based on livestock breeding and the wood industry.
Incorporated in 2013, 69 children are taught there.
Location: Small town of Guanchinté, municipality of Jamundí, Valle del Cauca Department.
Characteristics of the infrastructure found: The secondary school class rooms had no walls and the toilets threatened the safety of pupils and teachers alike.
Socio-economic characteristics: Lower class, peasant community with difficulties in accessing education. The area’s economy is based on maize growing and livestock breeding.
Incorporated in 2016, 160 children are taught in Clemencia.