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Ocaña, Escuela Normal Superior de

image by Ivan Sache, 9 Jan 2004

The Escuela was founded in 1944. Its flag is horizontally divided white-green (2:1).
Source: this webpage, located by Dov Gutterman.
Ivan Sache, 9 Jan 2004

Escuela Normal Departamental was established in Ocaña (Norte del Santander Department) in 1944. The management of the school was transferred on 1 January 1952 to the Sisters of the Presentation, a congregation founded in 1695 by Marie Poussepin (1653-1744). The school, then directed by Mother María Rosalía, Superior of Colegio Diocesano, was officially approved by Resolution No. 3,271 of 27 November 1952, as Escuela Normal Nacional para Señoritas de Ocaña. Escuela Normal Superior de Ocaña was eventually established by Decree No. 1,373 of 10 October 1997.
Source:: institute website
Ivan Sache, 07 Dec 2014

Occidente, Institución Educative

image by Ivan Sache, 8 January 2009

"Colegio de Occidente", located in Tuluá, Department of Valle, was recognized on 8 September 1995 by the Department of Valle (Decree No. 209).  The merging of the institute with "Centro de Desarrollo Comunal", "Juana de Arco", "Fray Martín de Porres", "El Jardín" and "Marino Gilibert" formed the "Institución Educative Occidente" on 5 September 2002 (Decree No. 1847).
The flag, as shown graphically and described on the website of the institute, is horizontally divided blue-yellow-green.
Blue represents life, waters and heavens.
Yellow represents light, wealth and knowledge.
Green represents hope and commitment to work.
In May 2004, a competition was called for the design of the symbols (anthem, flag, coat of arms, motto and animal) of the new institute.
The jury considered 11 flag proposals in October 2004 and proclaimed the results on 12 November 2004.
The new symbols were officially presented on 11 April 2005 in a public ceremony.
Ivan Sache, 8 Jan 2009

Occidente, Universidad Autónoma de

Flag to be used outdoors:
image by Ivan Sache, 08 Nov 2014 Flag to be used indoors:
image by Ivan Sache, 08 Nov 2014

Universidad Autónoma de Occidente UAO) is a private university located in Cali (Valle Department). UAO hires 650 professors educating some 9,000 students, scattered among the five Faculties of Engineering, Social Communication, Economical and Administrative Sciences, Environment Sciences, and Humanities. UAO was established by Resolution No. 618 of 20 February 1970 and recognized as an academic institution by Resolution No. 2,766 of 13 November 2003.
The symbols of UAO are prescribed in the User's Guide of Corporative Identity, first released on 10 October 2007 and last revised on 20 September 2013. The flag of UAO is prescribed in § 8.1 as white with the university's logo in the middle. Flags for outdoors use are 3.5 m x 6 m in size, while flags for indoors use are 0.90 m x 1.20 m in size. The width of the logo is 1/3 of the flag's width.
The logo of UAO in today's use was designed in 1978 by Manfred Hirsh, a student in Industrial Economy at Universidad Tecnológica del Valle. This was the third logo of the university (§ 1.2). The logo is described in § 2.1 as based on the initials of the university's name. Letters "A" and "O", for "Autónoma" and "Occidente", respectively, are surrounded by two rectangles, whose bottom is rounded-off to form letter "U", for "Universidad". Beneath, the name of the university is written on three lines:
- top line: "Universidad", lower case, Futura Media font;
- middle line: "Autónoma", upper case, Futura Black font;
- bottom line: "de Occidente"; lower case, Futura Medium font.
Precise construction details of the logo are given in § 3.1.
- height of "Universidad" and "de Occidente": x
- height of "Autónoma": 1.2 x
- size of the red and white emblem: 5.4 x on 5.8 x
- height of letters "a" and "o": 2.4 x
- space between letters "a" and "o" and the red "u"; 0.3 x
- space between the emblem and "Universidad": 0.3 x
- space between "Universidad" and "Autónoma": 0.5 x
- space between "Autónoma" and "de Occidente": 0.3 x
The shade of red is prescribed as Pantone 1795 C, CMYK (%) 0-100-100-0 (§ 3.6), and Websafe palette FF0000 (§ 3.7).
Source:: - User's Guide of Corporative Identity
Ivan Sache, 08 Nov 2014

Octavio Paz, Liceo

image by Ivan Sache, 13 May 2021

Liceo Octavio Paz was established in 1998 in Bosa (Bogota) by Mónica Torres Suárez and Samuel Albarracín Beltrán, as Liceo Infantil Pepito Guillo. The institute was officially recognized by Municipal Decree No. 1,946 of 22 June 1999. The institute is named for the Mexican poet and diplomat Octavio Paz (1914-1998), awarded the Cervantes Prize in 1981 and the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1990. Paz was member of the editorial board of the Colombian review "Mito" from 1955 to 1962.
The flag of the institute is horizontally divided blue-green with a white triangle placed along the hoist. Blue is a symbol of loyalty, trust, knowledge, responsibility, and intelligence. Green is a symbol of natural environment, growth, freshness, stability, and safety. White is a symbol of purity, kindness, and child innocence.
Source: photo from institute's website
Ivan Sache, 31 July 2014

Oiba, Escuela Normal Superior

image by Ivan Sache, 23 October 2014

Escuela Normal Superior Oiba (Santander Department) was established by Municipal Agreement No. 1 of 30 October 1960, as Colegio Emperatriz Arenas, soon renamed Colegio Femenino Emperatriz Arenas de la Santísima Trinidad in November 1960, Escuela Normal de Señoritas in January 1961, and Escuela Normal Departamental de Señoritas in December 1961. The institute was renamed Escuela Normal Mixta de Oiba by Resolution No. 743 of 16 May 1985, and, eventually, Escuela Superior Oiba in 1999.
The flag of the institute is presented in the institute's Etiquette Guidebook as horizontally divided green-white. Green represents the student's life stage, when they have to mature through knowledge and integral education, defending the values that will allow them to create promising fruit for the country. White is a symbol of purity, knowledge, representing all the children submitted to the institute's education and care. White is also a symbol of honesty, virtue, honour, peace, humility, tranquillity, and harmony to be supplied in the institute, as well as sincerity in all acts, providing a pedagogic atmosphere conducive to united work.
Source: institute website
Ivan Sache, 23 Octr 2014

Olga Santamaría, IED Instituto Técnico

image by Ivan Sache, 17 Mar 2019

IED Instituto Técnico Olga Santamaría (ITOS) was established in September 1953 in Anolaima (Cundinamarca Department) by the historian and benefactor Reverend Father Jaime Hincapié Santamaría, as Escuela Holgar.

The flag of ITOS is prescribed in Article 4.2. of the Manual de Convivencia as composed of two equal triangular stripes, the one blue and the other white, separated by a red line. On the companion photo, the school's coat of arms is placed in the center of the flag.

The coat of arms of ITOS is prescribed in Article 4.1. of the Manual de Convivencia.
The coat of arms of the school uses the colors that have been identifying it all along its history. The shield is oval with, on the border, the school's name at the top and the school's motto at the bottom, "CIENCIA" [Science], meaning wisdom, knowledge, lore, understanding, comprehension and self-control, "VIRTUD" [Virtue], meaning honesty, dignity, integrity, valor, equity, life rectitude and justice, "EMPRESA" (Enterprise] meaning grouping, association, company, society, community, project management, production and social management. Inside is placed the acronym "ITOS", with an open book as the symbol of press and a an owl representing wisdom, knowledge, innovation, organization and company establishment., Manuel de Convivencia

Originally designed by Director Alberto Nieto Cabezas, the coat of arms was modified in 2001 by the teachers Aminta Amaya, Gloria Reyes and Ronni Édgar Martínez; they also changed the original motto, "Vida, Amor y Conicimiento" (Life, Love and Knowledge) to the present-day one.
ITOS website
Ivan Sache, 17 Mar 2019

Oriental, Institucion Educativa Diversificada

image by Ivan Sache, 07 Dec 2014

Institucion Educativa Diversificada Oriental is located in Santo Tomás (Atlántico Department).
The flag of the institute is horizontally divided green-white.
Source: institute's blog -
Ivan Sache, 07 Dec 2014

Oriente, Universidad Católica de

image by Ivan Sache, 13 May 2021

Universidad Católica de Oriente (UCO) was established in Rionegro (Antioquia Department) by Decree No. 103 of 11 February 1982, signed by His Grace Alfonso Uribe Jaramillo (1914-1993), Bishop of Sonsón-Rionegro (1968-1993). UCO was recognized as an academic institution by Resolution of the Ministry of National Education No. 3,278 of 25 June 1993.
The flag of UCO is horizontally divided yellow-white-green. The colours were taken from the flags of Rionegro (white), Antioquia (white and green), Colombia (yellow), and the Holy See (yellow and white).
Yellow is a symbol of knowledge, white is a symbol of peace, and green is a symbol of hope in youth and progress.
Sources: university website and university facebook
Ivan Sache, 20 Oct 2014

I wonder if we'll ever set up that complete list of colour meanings. I don't think I've seen yellow for knowledge before.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 11 Nov 2014