Advancing Educational Transformation in Colombia: A Progress Update
The Government of Change has delivered 400 educational infrastructure projects to ensure access and continuity of schooling for thousands of children and young people, reports the Ministry of Education of Colombia.
The Minister of Education, Aurora Vergara Figueroa, stated that through the construction and adaptation of these educational spaces, progress is being made in fulfilling the actions outlined in the National Development Plan: ‘Colombia, World Power of Life.’
Minister of Educational Infrastructure
Bogotá D.C., February 1, 2024. President Gustavo Petro’s government is making progress in commitments to guarantee more and better spaces for the teaching and learning of students in the public sector of the country.
These actions are part of the National Plan for Educational Spaces and are included in the National Development Plan: ‘Colombia, World Power of Life.’
Minister of Education, Aurora Vergara Figueroa, confirmed these advances by highlighting that since the beginning of this administration, 400 construction, expansion, and improvement projects of educational infrastructure have already been delivered in rural and hard-to-reach areas, covering a total of 207 municipalities distributed in 30 departments.
“From the first day of the government, President Petro has been emphatic about the need to work incessantly to overcome the historical backlog in infrastructure and educational spaces. He has also emphasized that quality and relevant education is a fundamental element in closing social gaps. In response to this, today we can announce to the country that we are fulfilling this purpose and that through the Educational Infrastructure Financing Fund (FFIE), these projects have already been delivered to contribute to the well-being of the entire community,” said the Minister of Education.
Similarly, she pointed out that in achieving this goal, more than 96 billion pesos have been invested and executed. These funds have allowed the construction and adaptation of 1,166 classrooms for preschool, primary, and secondary education; 396 sanitary facilities, 117 dining areas, 130 kitchens, 84 administrative areas, and 59 recreational spaces throughout the national territory.
With these new and improved spaces, a total of 114,466 girls, boys, adolescents, and young people have benefited. Together, they now have access to and enjoy more than 70,000 square meters of quality educational facilities adapted to the social and geographical contexts of each territory.
Adriana González, manager of the Educational Infrastructure Financing Fund (FFIE), highlighted that with these improvements, not only are conditions of greater well-being and dignity provided, but spaces that promote educational quality, science, research, arts, and humanities are also being built.
Therefore, 100 technology, innovation, and multimedia classrooms; 51 libraries, 38 multipurpose classrooms, 33 integrated laboratories, 11 multipurpose classrooms, 7 bilingual classrooms, and 8 school residences have been delivered.
Out of these 400 improvement projects, 208 were carried out in 81 PDET municipalities. Additionally, six of these projects received support from the Special Programs for Peace Fund of the Presidency of the Republic, highlighting the coordinated work with other national entities.
Similarly, the needs of seven communities affected by the rainy season were addressed, and responses were given to 17 regional agreements to address requests made in strike scenarios.
The head of the education department ensured that with this plan to improve educational spaces, the National Government responds to the peace of the country and to territories that need investment to guarantee the fundamental right to education.
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