Piecitos in Colombia

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885 piecitos colorados en 7 schools in Cundinamarca, Santander, Caquetá, Caldas, Bolívar, Córdoba y Atlántico.

Incorporated in 2009, 60 children are taught there.

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.

Current situation:

  • In 2016, the school was closed to provide greater security to the school community.
  • Currently, they have a vegetable garden and an area of ​​vermiculture. In addition, they develop a recycled paper project in which all students and teachers participate.
  • In 2016, the first edition of the Solidarity Trips took place.
  • The students of the school receive classes of crafts in extracurricular hours and, in addition, talks of formation in First Aid

Incorporated in 2010, 172 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.

Current situation:

  • Bathrooms were built for pupils and teachers, a lighting system was installed, as was a suitable ventilation system, and the sports court was rebuilt and its perimeter fenced off.
  • A water tank was built to provide for the schools and to cover the necessities of the institution.
  • The kitchem was reformed and Access roads were constructed in order for the students to have a clear Access to the intitution.
  • A playground was built for the Little kids.
  • In 2014, a pupil from this school took part in the Summer Camp Action for Change in Spain, organised by the Spanish Committee of United World Colleges, sharing his experience with young people from over 10 countries and at which a social project entitled Gender Equality was developed to be implemented at his school.
  • For two years in a row, voluntary teachers from the Spanish Fundación Empieza por Educar have stayed in the area for a few weeks with a view to sharing new class room management and pupil motivation techniques with local teachers.

Incorporated in 2010, 283 children are taught there.

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.

Current situation:

  • They have a vegetable garden and a project of productive lombricultivo.
  • In 2016 and 2017 students and parents received workshops and accompaniment provided by a psychologist. In addition, during this period, young people of grade 11 received classes of preparation for the Saber Tests (ICFES), which measure the academic level and is an indispensable requirement to enter the University.
  • The school has 3 talented students: a student studying Veterinary and Zootechnics; another studying Agroecological Engineering and a student in Public Accounting.
  • In 2016 two students participated in the summer camp of the Impulso de Colegios del Mundo Unido, a project in which they reinforce values ​​such as leadership, responsibility, confidence and diversification, among others.
  • To encourage the personal and educational development of children, the school has organized training talks in first aid.

Incorporated in 2012, 40 children are taught there.

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.

Current situation:

  • In 2016, the reading room and a school garden were built, which is currently 100% productive.
  • The students of the school together with mothers of family receive classes of crafts during extracurricular hours.
  • In 2016, the students visited the Biome Interactive Center, which allowed them to learn about nature, cosmos and the earth. In addition, for the second time in a row, the center received the ExE volunteers in order to reinforce the knowledge and work methodology of Start by Educating to motivate students in their educational process. In addition, that same year the first edition of the Solidarity Trips took place.
  • To encourage personal and educational development, the students received training talks in First Aid.

Incorporated in 2016, 195 children are taught in Clemencia.

Characteristics of the infrastructure found: The school had a large deficit both in its structure and in the electrical system. In addition, the center had problems with the bathrooms, since they did not have a water tank or a perimeter fence.

Current situation:

  • A perimeter fence and an access gate to the school were built. In addition, the bathrooms and sink were reconstructed and the entire electrical system was repaired.
  • The space for the library was adapted and equipped with the purchase of books and furniture.
  • The playground was built and the dining area was adapted.
  • The students of the school received training talks for the care of the environment.


Incorporated into the project in 2017, it educates 75 children

Characteristics of the area found: The institution does not have adequate facilities for the development of the study, since some classrooms have cracked walls; floors and ceilings in poor condition. It is necessary to build sanitary batteries because they are non-existent, sinks, adequate kitchen and remodeling the school canteen.

Current situation:

  • Currently the Prosegur Foundation is working on the first phase of intervention (Infrastructure Phase).

Incorporated into the project in 2017, it educates 70 minors.

Characteristics of the area found: The school had problems in its infrastructure that affected the safety for the optimal development of the classes, such as, classrooms with risk of collapse, lack of energy, little access to water, problems in the bathrooms, dangerous platforms of access to the classrooms, there was no dining room and the kitchen presented problems of location and cracks in its structure.

Current situation:

  • Currently the Prosegur Foundation is developing the Infrastructure Phase, inaugurated in February 2018.