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Administración Pública, Escuela Superior de


image by E.R., 16 June 2009

A while ago in May I spotted the ESAP flag shown on TV during the ceremonies for their 50th anniversary.
The ESAP (Escuela Superior de Administración Pública, Public Administration Superior School) was established by Law 19 of November 25, 1958 and traces its origins as a response to several missions to the country made earlier, but mainly during the regime of General Gustavo Rojas Pinilla (1953-1957), among them a commission from the French Government (n.d), The Kemmerer mission (led by prestigious Economist Edwin Walter Kemmerer which lasted several years and went to several countries, and visited Colombia in 1923 to help establish the Central Bank, today known as Banco de la República) the World Bank Mission in 1949 led by Profesor Kerry, The Louchlin Currier mission (led by Canadian-born Economist, later U.S. naturalized citizen and then Colombian citizen after the U.S. denied to renew his passport Lauchlin Bernard Currie  between 1949 and 1953), and also private foundations such as the Ford and Kellogg Foundations), in which some of their recomendations were to modernize the Colombian State Organization.
The ESAP is a Public University under the DAFP and helps in administrative tasks to educate people who are to work in the civil service.
It currently operates several branches around to cover the whole country as follows:
- Antioquia – Chocó (located in Medellín)
- Atlántico, Magdalena, Cesar and Guajira (located in Barranquilla)
- Bolívar, Sucre, Córdoba and San Andrés Islas. (located in Cartagena)
- Boyacá and Casanare (lcoated in Tunja)
- Caldas (located in Manizales)
- Cauca (located in Popayán)
- Cundinamarca (located in Fusagasuga)
- Huila and Caquetá (located in Neiva)
- Meta, Guaviare, Guainia, Vaupés, Vichada, Amazonas (located in Villavicencio)
- Nariño, Putumayo (located in Pasto)
- Norte de Santander – Arauca (located in Cucuta)
- Risaralda – Quindío (located in Dosquebradas)
- Santander (located in Bucaramanga)
- Tolima (located in Ibagué)
- Valle (located in Cali
The flag is the ESAP logo on a white background.
Sources: ESAP official website, Spanish wikipedia.
E.R., 16 June 2009


Adolfo Hoyos Ocampo, Institución Educativa


image by Ivan Sache, 22 July 2014

Institución Educativa Adolfo Hoyos Ocampo is located in Manizales (Caldas Department). The institute is named for Father Adolfo Hoyos Ocampo (1882-1970), considered as a benefactor of Manizales. President of the Society for Public Improvement, the priest pushed the building of the roads to Chinchiná and Termales, of the Nubia airport, of the Palace of Fine Arts, of the Caldas cement factory, of the Faculty of Medicine of the Caldas University and of the Faculty of Engineering of the National University.

The flag of the institute is vertically divided blue-white-blue with the institute's emblem in the middle. Blue is a symbol of the depth of ideas and of the Blessed Virgin, a model of virtues and values. White is a symbol of transparency, peace, tolerance, and purity.
http://caho.edu.co/wordpress/?page_id=35 - Institute's website

The emblem of the institute is inscribed in a blue equilateral triangle, a symbol of stability and strength. It features the three pillars of the institute on a golden background, a symbol of wealth, an open book as an example of study and knowledge, from which emerges, as a consequence, a dove with spread wings, an invitation to personal and community peace; all over, the sacred illumination of the Holy Trinity.
http://caho.edu.co/wordpress/?page_id=34 - Institute's website
Ivan Sache, 22 July 2014


Aeropuerto, Institución Educativa Colegio Municipal


image by Ivan Sache, 9 July 2014

Colegio Municipal Aeropuerto was established in 1975 in Cúcuta (Norte del Santander Department), as Escuela Julio Rincón, allegedly named for the leader of a workers' union murdered in Cali. The institute was transferred in 1979 from the Aeropuerto (Airport) borough to the downtown, following a flood, and relocated in 1983 in Aeropuerto. Colegio Municipal de Bachillerato Barrio Aeropuerto was established by Municipal Decree No. 46 of 26 November 1996. Institución Educativa Colegio Municipal Aeropuerto was established in 2003 by the merging of Colegio Municipal de Bachillerato Barrio Aeropuerto, Escuela Integrada Julio Rincón, Escuela Luis Carlos Galán Sarmiento, Colegio Básico Toledo Plata, Colegio Básico Virgilio Barco and Escuela Rural Los Peracos. The college is named for the International Airport Camilo Daza (900,000 passengers in 2012), inaugurated on 10 October 1971.

The flag of the institute is divided white-wine red by a thin green stripe running from the lower hoist to the upper fly. White is a symbol of beauty, honour and transparency. Wine red is a symbol of human touch, affectivity and cordiality. Green is a symbol of hope.
http://www.colaeropuerto.edu.co/simbolos.html - Institute's website
Ivan Sache, 9 July 2014


Agustín Fernández, Colegio Distrital


image by Ivan Sache, 15 January 2004

"Colegio Distrital 'Agustín Fernández'", located in Bogotá, is named after Agustín Fernández (1879-1908), a pioneer of telegraph in Colombia, murdered in Bogotá. In 1929, his father, Francisco Javier Fernández Bello, offerred a plot of land for the building of a rural school to be named after his defunct son.
The flag of the institute, as shown graphically and described on the website of the institute, is horizontally divided blue-white-blue. Blue, on the first stripe, represents the light enlightening the way to knowledge, triggering creativity and facilitating communication. White represents peace, respect and tolerance. Blue, on the second stripe, represents love and knowledge transmitting energy and tranquillity.
Ivan Sache, 15 January 2004


Agustina Ferro, Colegio


image by Ivan Sache, 29 June 2014

Colegio Agustina Ferro was established in Ocaña (Norte del Santander Department) by Departmental Ordinance No. 46 of 30 November 1961. Decree No. 855, adopted in 2002, merged Colegio Agustina Ferro, Colegio de Educación media Fatima, Escuela Simón Bolivar and Escuela el Carmen to form Institución Educativa Agustina Ferro. The institute is named for Agustina Ferro, a heroin of the Colombian independence shot on 20 January 1820 in Ocaña by the Colorado royalist guerilla.
The flag of the institute is white with the institute's emblem in the middle. The emblem of the institute features a book an a lamp always enlightening knowledge and science, a scroll inscribed with the words "CONOCIMIENTO INTEGRIDAD VALORES" [Knowledge Integrity Values]. Accordingly, the emblem means "an integrated education based on the light of knowledge and on values".
Source: http://www.colagustina.edu.co/index.php/institucional/2013-09-30-02-41-36/himno-y-simbolos/escudo - Institute's website
Ivan Sache, 29 June 2014


Agustiniano de San Nicolás, Colegio


image by Ivan Sache, 28 July 2011

A photo on the website of "Colegio Agustiniano de San Nicolás" shows such a flag.
<http://www.agustinianomedellin.edu.co/site/images/gale5.JPG

The "generic" emblem of the Augustinian Colleges has three basic components:
- a laurel crown surrounding the emblem, symbol of strength and heroism;
- a heart pierced by an arrow in the middle of the emblem, symbolizing love for God, for mankind and for the world, placed on an open book symbolizing science;
- a cross symbolizing the Christian ideal.
The Augustinian motto "Amor y Ciencia" (Love and Science) is inscribed on a ring inside the emblem, surmounted by the name of the institute. Ciudad Salitre, Norte, San Nicolas, Suba and Tagaste have a white writing on a red ring. Campestre and Floridablanca have a white writing on a blue ring.
Ivan Sache, 28 July 2011


Alcalá, Colegio


image by Ivan Sache, 9 January 2004

The College was founded in 1983. Its flag is white with the shield of the College in the middle.
Source: <www.voluntad.com.co>, located by Dov Gutterman.
Ivan Sache, 9 January 2004


Alejandrino Restrepo, Colegio Cooperativo


image by Ivan Sache, 3 June 2001

Flag of Colegio Cooperativo 'Alejandrino Restrepo' is based on <www.multired.com>.
Dov Gutterman, 3 June 2001

Colegio Cooperativo 'Alejandrino Restrepo' is located in the municipality of Ciudad Bolívar, in Colombia. The flag of the college is horizontally divided orange-green. Proportion cannot be infered from the waving image shown on the website. 2:3 used by default.
Ivan Sache, 3 June 2001


Alfonso Jaramillo Gutiérrez, Institución Educativa


image by Ivan Sache, 24 July 2014

Colegio Alfonso Jaramillo Gutiérrez was established in the Boston borough, part of the municipality of Pereira (Risaralda Department) by Agreement No. 10 of 28 December 1966. The institute is named for Alfonso Jaramillo Gutiérrez (1870-1951), benefactor of Pereira. Jaramillo pushed the establishment of public services , such as electricity and water supply, and of the Market Square.

The flag of the institute is diagonally divided white-green per bend sinister, with the institute's emblem in the middle.
http://salsa-samy.blogspot.fr/2008/08/bandera-de-la-institucion.html - Sandra Milena's blog
Ivan Sache, 24 July 2014


Alfonso Palacio Rudas, Institución Educativa Técnica


image by Ivan Sache, 16 August 2014

Institución Educativa Técnica Alfonso Palacio Rudas is located in Honda (Tolima Department). The institute is named for the Honda-born lawyer, economist and Liberal politician Alfonso Palacio Rudas (1912-1996), Governor of Tolima (1960) and Mayor of Bogotá (1974-1975).
The flag of the institute is diagonally divided (per bend sinister) dark red-white.
Source: http://palaciorudas.blogspot.fr/2011/09/simbolos-de-la-institucion.html - Institute's unofficial blog
Ivan Sache, 16 August 2014


Alfonso Spath Spath, Institución Educativa


image by Ivan Sache, 29 December 2009

"Institución Educativa 'Alfonso Spath Spath' " (INEDAS) was founded on 13 January 1993 (Municipal Decree No. 07) at Martínez, Municipality of Cereté, Department of Córdoba.
The flag of INEDAS, as shown graphically and described on the website of the institute, is in proportions 1:2, vertically divided in two equal parts, the first half being white and the second half horizontally divided green-red.
White represents cotton.
Green represents the maize fields. Red represents the joy of the youth.
Ivan Sache, 29 December 2009


Almirante Padilla, Institución Educativa


image by Ivan Sache, 12 August 2014


image by Ivan Sache, 12 August 2014

Institución Educativa Almirante Padilla (INEALPA) was established in February 1943 in Riohacha (La Guajira Department), as as Departmental institute. This was the first educational institute established in La Guajira. The institute was nationalized by Law No. 20 of 23 November 1947. The institute is named for Admiral José Prudencio Padilla López (1784-1828), who obtained on 1 December 1821 the surrender of the Spanish garrison of Cartagena and defeated the Spanish troops on 24 July 1823 at Lake Maracaibo. Involved in the September Plot against Simón Bolívar, Padilla was sentenced to death and executed.
The flag of the institute is shown in the institute's Constitution (PEI) as horizontally divided white-blue.
White is a symbol of peace and heavens.
Blue is a symbol of the beauty of La Guajira peninsula, made of the
union of the sea and the sky.
However, the institute's emblem, also shown in the Constitution, features the flag as horizontally divided blue-white, Photos of the flag in actual use seems to indicate that the two versions are used.
Source: http://inealpaquimica.jimdo.com/app/download/2098277718/PEI_INEALPA.pdf?t=1290522412 - Institute's Constitution
Photos: http://inealpaquimica.jimdo.com/ and http://jairojimenez2005.jimdo.com/actualidad-inealpistas-2011/
Ivan Sache, 12 August 2014


Amazónico, Institución Educativa Agroecológico


image by Ivan Sache, 30 January 2009

"Institución Educativa Agroecológico Amazónico" was created in the village of La Niña, Municipality of El Paujil, Department of Caquetá, on 3 December 2003 (Decree No. 603), through the merging of "Concentración John F. Kennedy", "Colegio San Luis Gonzaga" and "Collegio Agroecológico Amazónico" (founded on 4 December 1995, Decree No. 1003).
The flag of the institute, as shown graphically on the website of the institute, is horizontally divided green-white-blue (1:2:1).
Ivan Sache, 30 January 2009


Americano Menno, Colegio


image by Jairo Alonso Méndez Méndez, 14 November 2004

Colegio Americano Menno (La Mesa, Cundinamarca).
Jairo Alonso Méndez Méndez, 14 November 2004


Andes, Colegio Inglés de los


image by Ivan Sache, 8 January 2004

Colegio Inglés de los Andes was established in 1987 in Cali (Valle Department) by the FINDEC foundation, as a Spanish-English bilingual institute. The management of the institute was transferred in 1990 to the Corporación de Padres de Familia "Colegio Inglés de Los Andes", set up by the student's parents.
The flag of the institute is horizontally divided light blue-white-light blue.
Source: https://web.archive.org/web/20040309123026/http://www.voluntad.com.co/voluntad/colegios/cdd0766/EMBLEMA.htm
Note: Colegio Inglés de los Andes does not seem to be connected with Liceo de los Andes, also located in Cali, except by the name and flag.
Ivan Sache, 29 July 2014


Andino Bilingüe, Colegio


image by Ivan Sache, 31 July 2014

"Colegio Andino Bilingüe", located in San José de Cúcuta, Department of Norte del Santander, was recognized by the Department of Norte del Santander on 30 November 1998 (Decree No. 2935).
The flag of the institute, as shown graphically and described on the website of the institute, is green with the emblem of the institute, outlined in white and surmonting the white writing ANDINO BILINGÜE / SCHOOL.
Green represents life transmitted by the Andine region.
White represents unity and fraternity.
The emblem of the institute shows in the middle a circle representing the students, charged with a star representing the educational values of the institute. The dominant green colour of the emblem represents the natural environment of the institute. The upper part of the emblem is made of the upper part of an ellipse, in yellow, representing the sun, excellence and knowledge. The two green lateral parts have to be seen jointly, forming a heart, symbol of the human greatness, a main component of the philosophy of the institute.
Ivan Sache, 11 January 2004


Andrés Bello, Institución Educativa Distrital


image by Ivan Sache, 8 July 2014

"Institución Educativa Distrital Andrés Bello" (IEDAB) was founded on 2 July 1953 (Decree No. 1719 of the Ministry of National Education) as "Colegio Nacional de Bachillerato Lucio Pabón Núñez". The name of the institute was changed to "Colegio Nacional de Bachillerato Sergio Arboleda" in 1957 (Decree No. 1052). "Instituto Nacional de Bachillerato Andrés Bello" was created on the same site on 9 February 1960 (Decree No. 437), followed by "Instituto José María Obando"  on 14 June 1973 (Decree No. 1164). On 29 August 1990 (Decree No. 1971), the three institutes were merged in a new institute, named "Colegio Nacional Andrés Bello" on 11 March 1991 (Decree No. 668). On 16 September 2002 (Decree No. 2853), "Colegio Nacional Andrés Bello" was merged with neighbouring "Centro Educativo Distrital José Joaquín Castro Martínez" to form "Institución Educativa Distrital Andrés Bello", eventually renamed "Institución Educativa Distrital Andrés Bello" on 25 September 2004 (Decree No. 4702).
The institute is named after the humanist Andrés Bello (1781-1865), also a noted poet, philologist and lawmaker, credited of the Civic Code of Chile (1852, adopted in 1855 and subsquently adopted by Colombia and Ecuador), of the foundation of the University of Chile (1843), and of the first Spanish American Grammar (1847).
The flag of IEDAB, as shown graphically and described on the website of the institute, is green with a white cross. The four quarters of the flag represent:
- the self-confidence of the members of the institute;
- the love for the institute;
- the love for the fatherland;
- the aspiration to knowledge and science.
http://fr.scribd.com/doc/68007668/PEI-ANDRES-BELLO - Institute's Constitution
Ivan Sache, 11 January 2009


Ángel Cuniberti, Institución Educativa (IEAC)


image by Ivan Sache, 05 July 2011

"Institución Educativa Ángel Cuniberti" (IEAC) was founded on 1 July 2003 in Curillo (Caquetá Department) by Decree No. 252. The institute is named for His Grace Ángel Cuniberti (b. 1921, Bishop of Florencia, 1961-1978), who visited Curillo on 2 February 1964 and donated on 28 March 1964 28 zinc sheets for the building of a new school (today a police station).
The flag of IEAC, as shown on a photo and described in the institute's website, is horizontally divided yellow-white-green with the emblem of the institute in the middle. Proportions seem to be 1:2. Yellow represents wealth. White represents peace, purity, integrity, transcendence and transparency. Green represents the vegetal resources and highlights our belonging to the Amazonian region. The flag shall be proudly hoisted together with the municipal and national tricolors in the national celebrations and in all institutional events, as a symbol of love and belonging to our institute.
Source: http://gildardomendozarojas.blogspot.com/2010/09/bandera.html

The emblem of IEAC was designed by teacher Fredy Espinosa Agudelo. The shield is divided in three parts. On top is shown an open book charged with a computer, a drum and a pair of maracas, representing technology, computer science and cultural diversity. In the middle are placed the interlaced letters "IEAC", the acronym of the institute. In the bottom is depicted a beautiful landscape crossed by a river symbolizing the water resources available in the municipality and the services supplied by the rivers. The scene is lit by a radiating sun symbolizing the horizon guiding our institute. The scene is flanked by two golden spikes representing the agricultural resources of our region; in the middle, a torch is the symbol of the sports skills of our students.
The shield is divided by two horizontal stripes, the upper charged with the word "CIENCIA" (Science) and the lower charged with the words "TECNOLOGÍA - VALORES" (Technology - Values). These words highlight the aspiration to teach people useful for the community and prepared to assimilate the scientific and technological advances required for creative development and fundamental investigation with respect for human dignity. The shield is placed over a scroll with the colors of the institute's flag.
Source: http://gildardomendozarojas.blogspot.com/2010/09/escudo.html>
Ivan Sache, 05 July 2011


Anglocanadiense, Colegio


image by Ivan Sache, 17 July 2014

Colegio Anglocanadiense is located in Neiva (Huila Department).

The flag of the institute is made of the Union Jack [erroneous in several details] superimposed with the Canadian flag.
http://www.colegioanglocanadiense.com/blog/post/98873/simbolos-institucionales.html - Institute's website
http://www.colegioanglocanadiense.com/galeria/album/album-1.html - Photo
Ivan Sache, 17 July 2014


Anglo Colombia, Colegio


image by Ivan Sache, 27 June 2014

Colegio Ànglo Colombia / Anglo Colombia School was established in 2000 in Barranquilla (Atlántico Department), succeeding Colegio Villa del Norte, originally established in February 1984.
The flag of the institute is horizontally divided blue-white-yellow, with three white stars placed 1 and 2 in the blue stripe and a laurel wreath placed in the white stripe. The blue stripe is a symbol of personal strength. The three stars stand for the institute's motto, "Leadership, Love and Excellence". The white stripe is a symbol of harmony. The laurel wreath stands for peace and triumph. The yellow stripe is a symbol of knowledge.
Source: http://www.colegioanglocolombiabarranquilla.com/acerca-de-acs/nuestros-simbolos.html - Institute's website
Ivan Sache, 27 June 2014


Antares, Colegio


image by Ivan Sache, 29 June 2014

Colegio Antares was founded in 1993 in Medellín as Mercavisión Infantil Ltda, an English academy. Renamed Centro Educativo Gusanitos Traviesos on 27 August 1997, the institute adopted its current name on 1 June 2000.
The flag of the institute is vertically divided purple-gray.
Source: http://colegioantares.edu.co/index.php/colegio/nuestros-simbolos - Institute's website
Ivan Sache, 29 June 2014


Antioquia, El Tecnológico de


image by Dov Gutterman, 18 April 2003

Image based on <www.tdea.edu.co>.
Dov Gutterman, 18 April 2003


Antioquia, Escuela de Ingeniería de


image by Zoltan Horvath, 3 March 2011

On August 21, 2010 I saw the flags of the EIA (Escuela de Ingeniería de Antioquia, Engineering School of Antioquia). The EIA has a flag which is a horizontal navy blue with the logo on the middle, encircled in a thin black outline. The Logo is an owl, with the letters EIA, and below the full name of the University, plus their motto "Ser, Saber y Servir" (To be, to know and to serve). However the flag has the logo without the motto. Picture taken in 2010 by some University graduates.
A variant (earlier) flag is seen displaying the CoA of the University. Picture taken at a Campus event, most likely in 2003


Previous flag
image by Zoltan Horvath, 3 March 2011

The EIA was established in 1978.
(Source: http://www.eia.edu.co/site/LaEIA/Reseñahistórica/tabid/71/Default.aspx)
For further information please see: EIA (official website): http://www.eia.edu.co/
Esteban Rivera, 2 March 2011


Antioquia, Universidad de


image by Dov Gutterman, 21 July 2002

Image based on <www.udea.edu.co>.
Dov Gutterman, 21 July 2002

The flag of the Department of Antioquia is derived from the flag of the University of Antioquia.
Carlos Thompson, 23 March 2003

The flag is presented graphically on the university website, with the following explanation:
- White represents the limpidity of customs, characteristic of the university life.
- Green recalls hope, permanent virtue and an optimistic horizon.
Ivan Sache, 20 December 2008