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Barranquilla: back to school in January 2023 – Barranquilla – Colombia

As of this Monday, January 30, the classrooms will once again receive students and teachers who begin the 2023 school year In Barranquilla.

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For this term, the district administration projects an increase in enrollment to more than 213,000 students in schools, including enrollment in the official sector and contracting of educational services by the District.

Since the second half of last year, the enrollment process in official schools, through the different stages: enrollment for transition, new students, promotion and failure of old students, to make way for the renewal of student enrollment.

Currently, the report is at 209,000 students, a figure that will increase to reach the projected coverage, as the activities of the 2023 academic calendar resume, according to estimates by the District.

Parents and/or guardians who are still searching may carry out the quota request formally, according to the availability and offer of each institution.

For Mayor Jaime Pumarejo, education “is the best investment we can leave our children. We are very hopeful that this will be the year to consolidate large projects”.

Educational projects contemplated in 2023

It refers to the completion of works to improve the school environment, the implementation of bilingualism in all official schools, more food security, among other bets.

With the return to school, the Mayor’s Office indicated that the School Meals Program continues, which allows daily rations to be provided to 135,000 targeted children and youth of the 154 IEDs.

Likewise, the implementation of the School Transport strategy, with the routes established in the targeted institutionsaccording to the criteria and identified needs.

The District report added that the bilingualism plan is also back in all official schools, the ‘Entre Libros’ reading and writing program, the double degree, the strategies for school coexistence and socio-emotional accompaniment.

Affected educational infrastructure

Regarding the educational infrastructure, more than 100 classrooms are affected in 70 institutions, according to district authorities, due to the prolonged closure of schools for two years and the winter wave.

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“The Barranquilla District has allocated $30,000 million for a fund for the recovery of school classrooms, so that students can enter classes, but we need help,” said the president, who asked for support from the National Government.

For this year, they contemplate the completion and delivery of more than 20 educational infrastructure projectsincluding the inauguration of the Nuevo Bosque mega-school, in partnership with the Pies Descalzos Foundation, and the expansion projects of the FDI La Humboldt, Isaac Newton and La Unión.

Similarly, they project an additional investment of 30 billion with their own resources, for the implementation of 20 infrastructure works, including expansions, comprehensive improvements, and adaptations for emergency care in some educational venues.

Deivis Lopez Ortega
Correspondent for EL TIEMPO Barranquilla
On Twitter: @DeJhoLopez
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