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Colegio Alemán de Maracaibo

image by Ivan Sache, 8 November 2010

Colegio Alemán de Maracaibo started in 1926 as Colegio Alemán (German School), the first foreign - but not restricted to the German community - school in Maracaibo. Closed in 1942, the institute was reinstated in 1952 as Colegio Alemán del Zulia, eventually renamed on 7 January 1967 Colegio Alemán de Maracaibo. The institute is managed by the non-profit association Deutscher Schulverein Maracaibo (Maracaibo German School Association).
The flag of Colegio Alemán de Maracaibo, as shown graphically on the institute's website, is white with the coat of arms of the institute in the middle.
The coat of arms of Colegio Alemán de Maracaibo is "Quarterly, 1. A Venezuelan flag, 2. Vert an open book argent, 3. Azure an owl argent, 4. A German flag." The name of the institute is written in black letters above the shield. The Venezuelan flag is shown here with seven stars, while having been added another star in 2006; whether the institute's coat of arms and flag was updated accordingly, or not, is unknown to me.
Ivan Sache, 8 November 2010

Colegio Eugenia Ravasco

image by Ivan Sache, 03 July 2014

Colegio Eugenia Ravasco was established in 1978 in Los Chorros borough (Caracas) by the Congregation of the Daughters of the Holy Hearts of Jesus and Mary. Founded in 1868 by the Italian nun Eugenia Ravasco (1845-1900; beatified on 27 April 2003 by Pope John Paul II), the congregation settled in Venezuela in 1951, where they are best known as the Ravasco Sisters.
The flag of the institute is yellow with the emblem of the congregation in the middle, formed of two adjacent shields:
- left, a yellow shield charged with the two red Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary;
- right, a blue shield with a yellow leopard and two yellow bends, symbolizing the power of the Ravasco family.
Source: - Institute's website
Ivan Sache, 03 July 2014

Colegio Eugenia Ravasco

image by Ivan Sache, 13 July 2014

Colegio San Gabriel Archangel was established in 1977 in Valencia (Carabobo State) by Ana María Torreiro de Pérez and Esteban Pérez Poza. Originally named Jardín de Infancia El Niño Jesus and located in the Camoruco borough, the institute was renamed Complejo Educativo Colegio San Gabriel Archangel in 1982, when transferred to the Valles de Camoruco borough. The institute is named for Archangel Gabriel, the name being also a tribute to Gabriel Pan, benefactor and instigator of the institute.
The symbols of the institute were designed by its founders, Ana María Torreiro de Pérez and Esteban Pérez Poza.
The flag is horizontally divided blue-yellow with the institute's emblem placed near the hoist. Blue is a symbol of highness and an invitation to love God and the neighbour. Blue is a also a symbol of thought, dedication and  conscience. Yellow is a symbol of spiritual wealth and of light.
The emblem features:
- two wings, representing Archangel Gabriel, the protector of the  institute and of its community;
- light rays, which provide guidance;
- a book, representing science, knowledge, investigation, and discovery, charged with the institute's motto, "MORAL Y LUCES" [Moral and Enlightenment];
- a yellow scroll inscribed with the institute's name in red letters.
Source:  - Institute website
Ivan Sache, 13 July 2014

Instituto Técnico Jesús Obrero

image by Ivan Sache, 13 July 2014

Instituto Técnico Jesús Obrero (ITJO) was established in 1948 by the Society of Jesus in the Catia borough (Caracas), where the Jesuits had erected a chapel in 1941; in 1948, Father Dionisio Goicoechea established Escuela Virgen de los Dolores, subsequently transformed into a technical school aimed at teaching technical jobs to worker's ["obreros"] children.
The flag of the institute is diagonally divided white-red by a blue bend charged with "I.T. JESUS / OBRERO" in white letters. In the middle is placed the institute's emblem.
The emblem of the institute is a white shield with a blue border charged with the institute's motto "DIOS PATRIA HOGAR TRABAJO" [God Homeland Home Work] in white letters. The shield is charged with a red anvil superimposed to a blue cogwheel and superimposed by a yellow Christian cross surrounded by the yellow letters "JO". The shield is surrounded by green branches, omitted on the flag.
Source: - Institute's webpage
Ivan Sache, 13 July 2014

Liceo Bolivariano "Hilario Pizani Anselmi"

The flag and coat of arms of the education institue Liceo Bolivariano "Hilario Pizani Anselmi", located in Motatán, shall be selected on 12 May 2006. The selection process started on 11 May 2006 with the presentation of 38 flags and 38 coat of arms, one by section of the institute. For the second round, 12 flags and 12 coats of arms have been kept.
Source: <>.
Ivan Sache, 13 May 2006

Misión Sucre

image by Ivan Sache, 30 July 2017

"Misión Sucre" (Sucre Mission) is part of a framework of government assistance programs as consequence to the social crisis that took place between 2002 and 2003, tackling on poverty and illiteracy issues, as well as other issues. This whole framework of "Misiones" (Missions, or more appropriate, projects) are intended to "reestablish social basic rights according to the 1999 Constitution established by the Fifth Republic and one of its pillars is to eradicate extreme poverty by 2021. The origin of these Missions was "Misión Cristo" (English: Christ Mission), a name given by Hugo Chávez because of its social assistance purpose, later known as "Misiones Bolivarianas" (Bolivarian Missions). In reference, the Misión Cristo is the whole group of all the government programs. Later, during Nicolás Maduro's government, they were reorganized as "Sistema Nacional para las Misiones Sociales (English: National System for the Social Missions).

They encompass several categories (with Sub Missions as well):
Misiones educativas (English: Educational Missions)
- Misión Robinson (English, Robinson Mission, named in honor of "Samuel Robinson", a pen name used by patriot Simón Rodríguez) and
- Misión Ribas (English: Ribas Mission, named in honor of patriot José Félix Ribas) and
- Misión Sucre (English: Sucre Mission, named in honor of patriot Antonio José de Sucre) and
- Misión Cultura Corazón Adentro (English: Deep Heart Culture Mission) and

Misiones para el trabajo (English: Labor Missions)
- Gran Misión Saber y Trabajo
- Gran Misión Agro-Venezuela and

Misiones para la salud pública (English: Missions for Public Health)
- Mision Barrio Adentro and
- Misión Milagro (also known as Operación Milagro (English: Miracle Mission, also Operation Miracle) also Acción Milagro (English: Miracle action) in conjunction with the Cuban government
- Misión Sonrisa (also known as Operación Sonrisa (English: Smile Mission, also Smile Operation) and
Misiones de protección, asistencia y solidaridad social (English: Missions for Protection, Assistance and Solidarity)
- Misión Nevado (English: Snow-cap Mission)
- Misión Guaicaipuro (English: Guaicaipuro, in honor of Indian Chief Guaicaipuro) and
- Gran Misión Hogares de la Patria (English: Fatherland Houses Grand Mission)
- Misión Negra Hipólita (English: Negro Hipolita Mission, in honor of black slave Hipólita Bolívar, who took care and raised Simón Bolívar) and
- Misión José Gregório Hernández (English: Jose Gregorio Hernandez Mission, in honor of patriot José Gregorio Hernández) and
- Misión Barrio Adentro Deportivo (English: Deep Neighborhood Sports Mission)
- Misión Jóvenes de la Patria: "Robert Serra" |
- Gran Misión en Amor Mayor (English: Elder Love Grand Mission)
- Gran Misión Negro Primero
- Misión Identidad (English: Identity Mission)
- Misión Piar (English: Piar Mission, in honor of patriot Manuel Carlos Piar)

Misiones alimentarias (English: Food Missions)
- Misión Alimentación, aslo known as Misión Mercal (Mercado de Alimentos) (English: Feeding Mission, also known as Mercal (Food
Supplies) Mission) and

Misiones para la vivienda y hábitat (English: House and Housing Missions)
- Gran Misión Vivienda Venezuela (English: Venezuela Housing Grand Mission)
- Gran Misión Barrio Nuevo, Barrio Tricolor (English: New Neighborhood Mission, Tricolor Neighborhood)
- Misión Hábitat (English: Housing Mission)
- Misión Árbol (English: Tree Mission)

Misiones de seguridad y servicios básicos (English: Security Missions and Basic Services)
- Gran Misión A Toda Vida Venezuela (English: Grand Mission for a Lifetime Venezuela)
- Gran Misión Nueva Frontera de Paz (English: Grand Mission for a New Peaceful Frontier)
- Gran Misión Abastecimiento Soberano (English: Sovereign Procurement Grand Mission)
- Misión Eléctrica Venezuela (English: Electrical Venezuela Mission)
- Misión Transporte (English: Transportation Mission)
- Misión Eficiencia o Nada (English: Efficiency or Nothing Mission)

Other Missions (and/or Sub Missions)
- Misión 13 de Abril (English: 13th of April Mission) and additional source:
- Misión Esperanza (English: Hope Mission)
- Misión Miranda (English: Miranda Mission, in honor of patriot Francisco de Miranda) 
- Misión Zamora (English: Zamora Mission, in honor of patriot Ezequiel Zamora) 
- Plan Bolívar 2000 (English: Bolivar Plan 2000, in honor of Liberator Simón Bolívar) (it is credited as the first or pre Mission, which dates to 1999). "
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All these Missions and Sub Missions are sponsored with financial aid from PDVSA. However, there are some critics on the matter, since some Cuban and Venezuelan doctors overflowed Spanish speaking countries (Latin American as well as Spain) with below average paid fees, and some of these doctors even defected and denounced they were being used as modern slaves by Venezuela in order to pay Cuba's foreign debt. The other main focus of criticism is its financing in the long term, since oil prices have been falling and these government subsidies can no longer satisfy the labor demand nor the needed supplies for the population.

The flag of "Misión Sucre" is the logo over a white horizontal flag.
It is more likely that each Mission (and Sub Mission) has its own flag.
Esteban Rivera, 29 July 2018

Universidad olivariana de Venezuala (UBV)

On July 18, 2010 I found the flag of the UBV (Universidad Bolivariana de Venezuala):
- image: (website:
It is the first public University established in the last decade in Venezuela, in 2003.
Esteban Rivera, 15 August 2010

Universidad Central de Venezuela

image by Guillermo T. Aveledo , 21 December 1999

Universidad Central de Venezuela (Central University of Venezuela; founded 1721).
Description: A white field (although sometimes light yellow or even beige are used; there are no official specifications to this flag besides the ones I'm giving) with the Seal of the University and the date "1721" (date it was founded) on royal blue (embroidered under the seal on roman type letters). The seal consists of a few Academic and National symbols: Encircled by the words "*Universidad Central* Caracas-Venezuela", we see seven stars (as the ones in the national flag) over a shining oil lamp (which symbolises enlightment and sums up the University's motto: "the house that overcomes the shadows") which sits on two books (philosophy and science), old papers and an inkpot with a pen on a book (history). Branches of Coffee and Palm encircle the lower part of the arrangement (as a connection to the tropical reality the University stands in).
Guillermo T. Aveledo, 21 December 1999

The official website of UCV presents the flags of the Faculties as "rectangular flags with the Faculty emblem in the middle (non official), or, with the UCV emblem in upper hoist (official)". The colors of the flags are given as follows:
- Agronomy: Green
- Architecture and Urbanism: Sky blue
- Sciences: Beige
- Economic and Social Sciences: Wine red
- Law and Political Sciences: Blood red
- Veterinary Sciences: Light yellow
- Pharmacy: Orange
- Humanities and Education: Gray
- Engineering: Electric blue
- Medicine: Yellow
- Odontology: Purple.

This is, with shade variations, the same (national?) color scheme as used by the Faculties of "Universitad del Zulia". There is a photo of the flag row
Ivan Sache, 30 July 2011

Bomberos Universitarios

image by Guillermo T. Aveledo, 15 September 2000

Bomberos Universitarios - Universidad Central de Venezuela (University Fire Brigade - Central University of Venezuela)
Guillermo T. Aveledo, 15 September 2000

Universidad Católica Andrés Bello

image by Blas Delgado Ortiz, 20 April 2002

Néstor Garrido of Venezimbol presented the flag of the Catholic University Andrés Bello (Universidad Católica Andrés Bello). Its dimensions are not regulated. Its symbology is as follows:
The flag is a horizontal triband of equal dimensions: blue, white and yellow in descending order. Blue and white are the colors of the Virgin Mary, and at the same time, white and yellow are the Vatican’s colors, that certifies the Catholic and Marian character of this University. The shade of blue is a dark sky blue.
Blas Delgado Ortiz, 20 April 2002

Universidad Católica Andrés Bello (UCAB), founded in October 1953, has three campuses in Caracas (main seat), Guayana and Coro. It is a private University granted in 1951 by the Venezuelan Episcopacy to the Society of Jesus.
The University is named after the humanist, poet, philologist and lawmaker Andrés de Jesús María y José Bello López (1781-1865).
The flag appears to be also used as the chief of the shield of the University.
Source: <>.
Ivan Sache, 4 March 2007

Universidad de Carabobo

image by Ivan Sache, 6 March 2007

Historic outline: The first university in Carabobo was created in Valencia in 1833 by a Decree of President of the Republic, General José A. Paez, as Colegio de Carabobo. The college was renamed Colegio Nacional de Carabobo in 1870 by Special Decree of the President, General Antonio Guzmán Blanco. However, the College was closed in 3 October 1874 following economical and political difficulties.
In 1880, Engineer Lino Revenga started the building of the seat of a new university (today the Faculty of Law); on 15 November 1892, a Decree by the President, General Joaquín Crespo, created the Ilustre Universidad de Valencia. General Cipriano Castro closed the University by Decree on 1904. On 12 March 1915, the Constutional President of the State of Carabobo, Emilio Fernández, founded by Decree the Instituto Oficial de Ciencias Políticas, named Miguel José Sanz after the founder of the first Law College in Venezuela. On 13 December 1949, the Institute was incorporated into the Law Faculty of the Universidad Central de Venezuela.
On 21 March 1958, Decree No 100 of the Governing Junta, presided by Rear Admiral Wolfgang Larrazabal, (re)founded the Universidad de Carabobo.
Symbols: The flag of Universidad de Carabobo is made of three equal horizontal stripes, gold (symbolizing faith), green (symbolizing liberty), and purple (symbolizing culture). These colours are the official colours of the University; they are also used in the three quarters of the shield of the University, which is placed in the canton of the flag. The shield is rectangular, in "Spanish" style with a point in base. It is made of two upper quarters of equal size and one bigger lower quarter. The upper left quarter depicts the Annunciation, on a golden background representing faith. The upper right quarter represents the column prescribed by the Cúcuta Congress to commemorate the Battle of Carabobo. On the column is the writing "24 de junio de 1821" (24 June 1821). The background of the column is a sun with yellow rays in a blue sky and a green pampa. The two upper quarters are separated from the lower quarter by a black stripe bearing two years in Roman numerlas, MDCCCXCII (1892, year of creation of the University by Joaquín Crespo) and MCMLVIII (1958, year of refoundation of the University). The lower quarter shows the facade of the former University of Valencia, today the Faculty of Law of the University of Carabobo, designed by Lino J. Revenga; the building is surmonted by a purple sky. The chief of the shield bears the motto  "Deus, Libertas, Cultura" (God, Liberty, Culture), written in white Capital letters on a blacjk background; the lower border of the shield bears the writing "Universitas Carabobensis", the name of the University in Latin.
Source: <>.
Legislation: Chapter III of the regulation on the symbols of the University says the colour are 'Oro, Verde y Purpura', symbolizing faith, liberty, and culture, respectively (Article 5). The flag shall be hoisted on all buidings belonging to the University (Faculties, Schools, Institutes, and Centers) on Memorial Day of the reopening of the University and ceremony days dedicated to professors, students, employees and other members of the University (Article 7). The use of the flag in other instances is subjected to the authorization by the Rector of the University (Article 8).
Source: <>.
Ivan Sache, 6 March 2007