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Baja Cauca, Escuela Normal Superior de

image by Ivan Sache, 23 October 2014

Escuela Normal Superior de Baja Cauca (Lower Cauca) was established in Caucasia (Antioquia Department) by Departmental Resolution No. 1,782 of 22 September 1998.
The flag of the institute is horizontally divided orange-white-orange. Orange is the school's colour, representing joy, vigour and harmony with the natural environment. White represents peace, purity, and transparency.
Source: http://www.normalsuperiordelbajocauca.edu.co/Simbolos_Bamdera_Institucionales.html - Institute's website
Ivan Sache, 23 October 2014


Baranoa "Julio Pantoja Maldonado", Institución Educativa de

image by Ivan Sache, 22 June 2017

The I.E. (Institución Educativa) de Baranoa "Julio Pantoja Maldonado" (English: Educational Institution of Baranoa) "Julio Pantoja
Maldonado") is a high school located in Atlántico.

Its flag is seen here:
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_CSAGzC3-UOU/ShBD69f-gMI/AAAAAAAAAJU/ENcC4XgDnxE/s1600-h/BANDERA.jpg (source: http://julio-pantoja.blogspot.com.co/2009/05/simbolos.html). It is a horizontal flag with two equally divided stripes, yellow on top and green on the bottom. It represents hope (green) and the road to enlightenment (yellow).
Esteban Rivera, 21 June 2017

The school originates in the establishment in 1945 of a branch of the Industrial School Pedro A. Oñoro dedicated to craft industry. This was transformed in 1957 into the Colegio Bachillerato. Colegio Bachillerato Mixto de Baranoa (COMIXBA) was established on 11 December 1958 by Departmental Order No. 67.

The school's namesake is the teacher Julio Pantoja Maldonado (1898-1975). On 28 November 1918, bells were ring and bonfires were shot in Baranoa to celebrate the graduation of the first local teachers; Pantoja was among them. In 1919, he was appointed Director of the Annex Boy's Normal School, where he taught Pedagogy and Spanish. Awarded in 1933, the title of Expert in Education, he studied at the Bogotá Superior Normal School, under the guidance of the French americanist Paul Rivet (1876-1956; founder of the Musée de l'Homme in Paris in 1937 and head of the anti-German resistance group set up in the museum). Pantoja subsequently served as Inspector of Education for the Tolima Department (1934-1935), Director of Education for the Department of Atlántico (1935-1939), Rector of Colegio Barranquilla (1940), and rector of the school that would be named after him (1959-196/).
http://loademibaranoa.260mb.com/contexto_institucional.html?i=1
Ivan Sache, 22 June 2017


Bella Suiza, Liceo

image by Ivan Sache, 28 July 2014

Liceo Bella Suiza is located in the Bella Suiza housing estate, part of the municipality of Cali (Valle del Cauca Department).
The flag of the institute is horizontally divided wine red-white-golden yellow with the institute's emblem in the middle of the white stripe. Wine red is a symbol of leadership, love, and passion. White is a symbol of honesty, transparency, sincerity, and peace. Golden yellow is a symbol of spiritual resources, joy, strength, and organization of the youth.
The emblem of the institute has the same colours as the flag. The two concentric, red wine disks and the border symbolize knowledge, the institutional values, and harmony. The inner disk is charged with the institute's mascot - a bee- and the white writing "EXCELENCIA - VALORES" (Excellence - Values). The outer disk is inscribed with the institute's name written in white letters.
The mascot of the institute is a bee, a symbol of perseverance and commitment to work, required for continuous improvement and the achievement of our goals.
Source: http://unogroupusa.com/liceobellasuiza/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=50&Itemid=67 - Institute's website
Photos (Gallery "Izada de Bandera 30 / Septiembre de 2013)
[On the flag in actual use, the emblem does not overlap the coloured stripe as shown on the drawing of the flag on the institute's website.]
Ivan Sache, 28 July 2014


Bello, Instituto Preuniversitario de

image by Zoltan Horvath, 25 November 2014

image by Zoltan Horvath, 25 November 2014

On October 22 I passed by the offices of the IPB (Instituto Preuniversitario de Bello) (Pre University Institution of Bello), located in Bello.
It was established in 1988.
Source: http://4.bp.blogspot.com....jpg
Its flag is located here. However, the flag I saw seems to be the flag with the logo in the middle.
Image of flag.
I think (since I saw the flag folded, I didn't have a chance to see it all) it is this version, since there are no colors faded in the picture, nor I recall having seen like that, so it's just plain colors with the logo and the name of the institution below, as drawn.
For additional information go to: IPB (Instituto Preuniversitario de Bello) 
Esteban Rivera, 25 November 2014

Well, the photograph shows the hoist in part to be blue, so to begin with it's not derived from the flag with the white hoist triangle. Assuming the charge is in the centre, to have it hang in front of the bottom hoist corner, the flag would have to be circa. 3:5. So, if only the blue part of the flagstaff were the hoist, it hanging so much lower would suggest a much longer flag. It would seem more likely that the white part is not the staff, but is part of the hoist as well: A shorter, e.g. 2:3 flag with the hoist blue over white. A likely candidate would be two stripes blue over white.
The charge does seem to have the i and the tip of the p, from the logo. They seem to be within a rectangle of sorts, with one corner very close to the dividing line of blue and white. That rectangle then appears to be on a disk a bit smaller then the charge of the national flag next to it. (For what would be the bottom of the disk it seems to merge with the white.) That whole construct doesn't seem to make sense, except if, like the national flag, the flag is rotated. In that case the vertical edge of the logo box are actually aligned with the diagonal of the flag, to make it come out upright with the flag furled as it is here. Imagining a full circle and considering the p in the logo extends lower than the i, I'd say there's not going to be much room for other lettering than the ipb in the logo box.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 08 April 2015


Benedictino de Santa María, Colegio

image by Ivan Sache, 5 July 2014

Colegio Benedictino de Santa María was established on 17 February 1958 in Envigado (Antioquia Department).

The flag of the institute is horizontally divided blue-white-yellow, merging the Marian and Papal banners. The flag to be used during special events is charged with the institute's emblem in the middle of the white stripe.

Blue is the colour of the Blessed Virgin, as a source of life and a symbol of water, and of infinite space and unstained heavens. White is the fusion of all colours, therefore a symbol of unity, family, and peace. Yellow is a symbol of light, energy, spirit, joy, strong-mindedness; it is the colour of God and of the sun.
http://www.colegiobenedictino.edu.co/index.php/bandera

image by Ivan Sache, 5 July 2014

The emblem of the institute is made of three parts. The yellow crown outlined in black recalls the Virgin of Montserrat, the patron saint of Catalonia and of the Montserrat monastery, founder of the Santa María de la Asunción monastery in Envigado. The blue shield is charged with a white flying dove holding in the beak a branch of olive, a symbol of peace. The dove recalls Christopher Columbus, Colombia's namesake; "columba" means "a dove" in Latin. The two waves in the base of the shield represent the two most important rivers in Colombia, Magdalena and Cauca, which were the very first means of transportation and spread of culture. The yellow scroll placed beneath the shield is inscribed with the Latin motto of the institute, "FIDES QUARENS INTELLECTUM", "Faith in Search of Understanding", a motto coined by St. Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109).
http://www.colegiobenedictino.edu.co/index.php/escudo - Institute's website


Benedikta Zur Nieden, Institución Educativa, Itagüí

image by Ivan Sache, 8 March 2017

Institución Educativa Benedikta Zur Nieden is established in Itagüí, Antioquia Department.

Benedikta Zur Nieden (1910-1998) studied arts in Berlin, where she met her husband, Diego Echavarría Misas. The couple moved in 1934 to Medellín, where they were involved in several philanthropic activities, being locally known as "Don Diego and doña Dita". In 1969, Benedikta Zur Nieden established the Colegio Alemán in Itagüí. After the abduction and assassination of her husband in 1971, she retired in El Castillo estate, today a museum. She reorganized the Antioquia Symphonic Orchestra and founded a music academy for the youth. Benedikta Zur Nieden introduced in Colombia the Waldorf method, in which arts play a key role in education; she founded in 1985 Colegio Isolda Echavarría, named for her late daughter, and Centro Humanistico Micael.
http://historiacolegioalemanmedellin.blogspot.fr/p/benedikta-zur-nieden.html - Complete biography, Colegio Alemán website

The flag of the institute is green with a blue triangle placed along the hoist, fimbriated yellow and charged with the institute's emblem.
Blue represents the professionalism, capacities, skills , knowledge, wisdom, and confidence of every member of the educational community, required to reach educational quality and excellence.
Green represents knowledge brought by the institute to the students. Green is a symbol of growth, serenity, ethics, and compromise with the natural environment.
Yellow represents dynamism, warmth, joy, and the light that guides the decision taken in favour of the educational community.
http://www.iebenediktazuritagui.edu.co/index2.php?id=33732&idmeutipo=3686&tag=col - Institute's website

The emblem of the institute symbolizes it as a rising sun and harmonious relations, allowing the students to shine through culture, science, wisdom, research, technology, and knowledge required to access the world. The emblem represents the force, passion, and valiance of the educational community, required to project itself in the social context.
The eagle is a symbol of the student's perseverance and vision required to achieve their dreams and a big life's project. Its flight represents the student's swift thinking, cleverness, mental plasticity, and nobleness, requited to live in a competing world, and initiative to achieve high goals with transcendental decisions. It represents the professionalism, capacities, skills, knowledge, wisdom, and confidence of every member of the educational community, required to reach educational quality and excellence. It also represents the commitment of the teachers to always fly high, to look at issues from an elevated angle, and to search for the relevant answers.
The sun represents the institution and teacher's force and responsibility, when developing minds, acquiring knowledge and articulate all the elements to provide an excellent education.
The spikes represent union and team work, and the need to build a peaceful and sustainable society. They also represents the student's
moral and spiritual values.
The open book placed over the the colours of the institute's flag represents knowledge and wisdom, the commitment of the institution to a quality education that will teach competent and competitive students and develop as far as possible their potential and communication, research, environmental, cultural and social skills.
The compass represents the horizon proposed by the institute to the students for the construction of their life's project.
The globe expresses harmony, respect and compromise with the planet and the natural environment. It represents innovation, science and technology, knowledge and universal culture.
http://www.iebenediktazuritagui.edu.co/index2.php?id=33730&idmenutipo=3686&tag=col - Institute's website
Ivan Sache, 8 March 2017


Benedikta Zur Nieden, Institución Educativa, Medellin

image by Ivan Sache, 5 March 2017

Institución Educativa Benedikta Zur Nieden, formerly known as Colegio San Juan Eudes, originates in Escuela Urbana de Niñas San Juan Eudes, established on 28 November 1959 by Resolution No. 21 in the Campo Alegre borough, Medellín, Antioquia Department. Colegio San Juan Eudes was established on 24 September 1999 by Resolution No. 8,558.
The name of the institute was changed in 2001 for the sake of differentiation from another Colegio San Juan Eudes; Agreement No. 2, issued on 30 April 2001, confirmed the proposal made on 18 April 2001 by a three-member jury. The selected name is a tribute to Benedikta Zur Nieden, a German lady awarded in 1988 the title of "Woman of Antioquia" for her contribution to the cultural land educational development of Antioquia,. Colegio Benedikta Zur Nieden was established on 22 May 2001 by Resolution No. 4,107.
Institución Educativa Benedikta Zur Nieden was formed on 8 May 2003 by Resolution No. 038bis, as the merger of Escuela Especial Municipal San Javier, Escuela Carlos Vieco Ortiz, Escuela Juan de Dios Aránzazu, and Colegio Benedikta Zur Nieden. The three Escuelas were subsequently transferred to Institución Educativa Carlos Vieco Ortiz, established on 20 December 2010 by Resolution No. 16,732.
http://benedikta.edu.co/portal/institucional/pei/manual-de-convivencia - Institute's Constitution

Benedikta Zur Nieden (1910-1998) studied arts in Berlin, where she met her husband, Diego Echavarría Misas. The couple moved in 1934 to Medellín, where they were involved in several philanthropic activities, being locally known as "Don Diego and doña Dita". In 1969, Benedikta Zur Nieden established the Colegio Alemán in Itagüí. After the abduction and assassination of her husband in 1971, she retired in El Castillo estate, today a museum. She reorganized the Antioquia Symphonic Orchestra and founded a music academy for the youth. Benedikta Zur Nieden introduced in Colombia the Waldorf method, in which arts play a key role in education; she founded in 1985 Colegio Isolda Echavarría, named for her late daughter, and Centro Humanistico Micael.
http://historiacolegioalemanmedellin.blogspot.fr/p/benedikta-zur-nieden.html - Complete biography, Colegio Alemán website

The symbols of the institute are prescribed in Chapter 3 of the institute's Constitution. The flag is described in Article 11, as follows:
Structure. Rectangular, divided by oblique lines forming three triangles that unite to form a pyramid, the upper triangle blue, the lower, yellow, and the central green. The colours are the same as on the coat of arms.
Meaning
Blue (2945 cv) is a symbol of tranquility and balance of an integral and dynamic education.
Green (316 cv) is a symbol of the aspiration of education to alleviate the life's concern and find proper solutions to issues.
Green is also a symbol of the natural environment and ecology.
Yellow is a symbol of life and joy, which is the main pillar of education, and therefore, "supporting" the two other colours on the flag.
http://benedikta.edu.co/portal/institucional/pei/manual-de-convivencia  - Institute's Constitution
Ivan Sache, 5 March 2017