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 ::   Colombia  ::  

Fe y Alegria in Colombia

Historical summary
Lines of action
New challenges

Historical summary

Fe y Alegría en Colombia (6Kb)Fe y Alegria Colombia was formed legally in December 1971.  In its first decade it expanded rapidly, especially in Bogota, Cali, Cucuta and Medellin, thanks to the stimulus of the Society of Jesus and the generous support of religious congregations, especially of women.

Fe y Alegría en Colombia (6Kb)The 1980s were a period of consolidation of identity and of internal organization, which was reflected in the drawing up of statutes, the division into regions, collaboration in the development of the Mission Statement and agreements with the Ministry of Education.

In 1990 the movement initiated a thorough process of participative evaluation, which laid the foundation for the present stage.  During this period we carried out a review of and a reflection on the history of Fe y Alegria in Colombia, the challenges which our social reality presents to us, and the degree to which our educational project has been both faithful to the movement’s identity and an adequate response to the needs of the people with whom we work.

With this as a base, we have been working more intensely in recent years on the modernization and strengthening of the organization, both administratively and pedagogically.  We have sought to improve our educational program through the creation of pedagogical teams at the local, regional and national levels, and we have invited community participation in the development of institutional educational projects.  Today Fe y Alegria encompasses a network of 76 school plants and 194 other learning centers, situated in some 135 different localities of Colombia and attended to by eight regional offices.

Lines of action

  1. Formal Education with emphasis on a) Education in technology through curricular development in basic primary and secondary schooling, installation of workshop-classrooms, specific technological formation and training of professors; b) Formation in values and affectivity for students, teachers and parents through the project “Skills for Living”.
  2. Non-formal education and social development: cultural activities and community development activities.
  3. Teacher training: through creation of modules which consider the human dimension of the educator, his/her profession and mission, educational practices and innovations, the management of the modules in workshops, adaptation of the didactic material to the circumstances of the learning centers, and advising and evaluation.
  4. Development of the National Pedagogical Project through the joint creation of community education projects in the local centers and the regional offices, according to the mission of the movement.
  5. Design and implementation of efficient and suitable administrative activity at the service of the mission of Fe y Alegria in the following areas: structure and functions, resources, and administrative system.


  1. The strengthening of pedagogical teams in the regional offices, especially the one in Bogota, where innovative experiences have been developed in constructivism and education in technology, as well as other areas.
  2. The development of a curriculum for basic formation in education in technology in keeping with present requirements, which permits high-school students to have a more solid work-oriented training.
  3. The development and implementation of innovative experiences in “Skills for Living”, which have made Fe y Alegria famous both nationally and internationally among institutions which work in health and education.
  4. The implementation of a national training program for teachers, with support materials.
  5. School operation which is characterized by the participation of everybody in care for the infrastructure; contact with the community (above all the parents); school activities; the commitment of administrators and teachers; the atmosphere of love and respect in the relationships between teachers, students, and parents; the existence of programs of non-formal education, social development and social welfare; and the Christian inspiration which motivates the mystique and the commitment of everybody.
  6. The image which Fe y Alegria has been gained locally and nationally of being a serious national movement which works with the poor and guarantees quality of education with a minimum of resources; and of being a movement that promotes interesting and innovative experiences, resulting increasingly in requests to extend those innovations or to participate in experimentation with and diffusion of new methodologies.
  7. The effort to improve the quality of education, by the development and implementation of programs of pedagogical coordination at national, regional and local levels, as well as the planning and evaluation of activities relating to educational projects and teacher training.

New challenges

  1. Obtaining stable financing for the institutional operation of Fe y Alegria, so as to permit both the consolidation of the processes which have been developing up to now and the undertaking of new processes.
  2. Strengthening the pedagogical coordination at the national and the regional levels.
  3. Creating a national office for publicity and marketing.
  4. Creating a national office for development of projects.
  5. Design and execution of an institutional development plan for 2001-2005.
  6. Establishing national coordination for non-formal education and development projects.

Director:Victor Murillo
Oficina: Diagonal 34 (Calle), 4-94
Bogotá - Colombia
Teléfono: (57)1-3209360
Fax: (57)1-2877299
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