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Fabio Lozano Torrijos, Institucón Educativa Normal Superior


image by Ivan Sache,12 April 2009

"Instituci˛n Educativa Normal Superior 'Fabio Lozano Torrijos' " is based at Falan, Department of Tolima. Founded in 1942 as "Escuela Vocacional Agrícola de Falan", the institute became a "Normal Superior" in 1965 (Law No. 283).
The institute is named after the diplomat Fabio Lozano Torrijos, who prepared with Alberto Salomón the treaty known as the Salomón-Lozano Treaty. Signed at Lima (Peru) on 24 March 1928, the treaty solved the border controversy between Colombia and Peru. Fore more details see wikipedia.
The flag of the institute, as shown graphically on the institute's website, is green with a white star in the middle.
Ivan Sache, 12 April 2009


Facatativá, Liceo Campestre


image by Ivan Sache, 22 September 2014

Liceo Campestre Facatativá was established in 2003 in Facatativá (Cundinamarca Department). The institute incorporated in 2003 Colegio Personitas, which had succeeded in 1986 Guardería Jardín Personitas, itself established on 5 September 1983.
Source: http://www.liceocampestrefacatativa.edu.co - Institute's website
The flag of the institute was adopted in 1998 in a student's competition. The flag is made of a white lozenge charged with the institute's  emblem and four triangles in the four corners: coffee brown (upper left corner), green (upper right corner), blue (lower left corner), and orange (lower right corner). Coffee brown is a symbol of the fertility of the soil and of the local customs and context. Blue is a symbol of joy, enthusiasm, and spirituality. Green is a symbol of hope, peace, prosperity, and natural environment. Orange is a symbol of friendship and loyalty.
The emblem of the institute features a sun symbolizing all the aspects of the student's life. The lower part of the sun is yellow, representing the expectations, the aspirations, and the need of knowledge of the community. The upper part of the sun is white, symbolizing an autonomous, responsible, critic, analytical, tolerant, and competent student with a spirit of investigation and a strong feeling of belonging.
Source: http://www.liceocampestrefacatativa.edu.co/include/simbolos.php - institute's website
Ivan Sache, 22 September 2014

It looks a bit Tananasia-n. According to IMDB, Thunder in Paradise is from 1994. That's about the right time frame to indeed be an influence for this flag.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 14 April 2015


Federico Ángel, Institución Educativa


Flag without emblem, as used
image by Ivan Sache, 28 July 2011


Flag with emblem, as prescribed for official use - but, seemingly, not used
image by Ivan Sache, 28 July 2011

Escuela Urbana de Varones Federico Ángel, located in Caldas (Department of Antioquia) was founded on 20 September 1967 by Departmental Decree No. 536. On 29 January 2003 (Decree No. 595), the institute was merged with Colegio José María Bernal and renamed Institución Educativa José María Bernal Sección Federico Ángel. On 24 February 2005 (Decree No. 1954), the section became Institución Educativa Federico Ángel. The institute is named for Federico Ángel, a noted educationalist from Caldas.
The flag of the institute is presented as follows on the institute's website:
"The flag is made of three horizontal stripes of equal size. The upper and lower stripes are blue. Blue symbolizes the commitment in the quest of knowledge, the care for a better future, the serenity required to solve conflicts and liberty of speaking, thinking and acting. The central stripe is white. White symbolizes transparency required from all the members of the educational community, as well as the youth educated in the institute, therefore its central location on the flag.
The flag to be used in public places, celebrations and civic ceremonies shall have the emblem of the institute placed in the middle."
The photo placed below the description shows the flag without the emblem.
Source: http://iefangel.org/simbolos/>

The slideshow presenting the institute, dated 20 October 2010, shows a graphic depiction of the flag with the emblem. However, it includes photos showing different official stands or parades with the flag consistently without the emblem. Accordingly, the prescribed flag including the institute's emblem does not seem to be used frequently, provided it actually exists.
Source: http://iefangel.org/2010/10/20/7838/

The emblem of the institute is presented as follows on the institute's website:
"The shield of the institute is trapezoid, divided into three quarters with the colours of the municipal flag of Caldas. The upper quarter shows on a green field an open book. The lower left quarter shows on a yellow field a hand holding the globe. The lower right quarter shows on a red field a hand holding an Olympic flame. The upper part of the emblem is inscribed with the institute's name [in red letters].
The lower part of the emblem [indeed a white scroll placed below the shield] is inscribed with the motto "SER - CONOCER - HACER" (To be - To know - To do) [The lower part of the emblem is inscribed with "Caldas Antioquia" in red letters.] The trapezoid is flanked on each side by the flag of the institute, the two flags being crossed per saltire below the shield.
The colours of Caldas used in the shield emphasizes the institute's sense of belonging to the municipality. The open book represents knowledge, wisdom and investigating spirit as the standard of the academic work. The hand holding the globe represents personal growth, tenacity and perseverance, the harmony between Man and Earth, and the respect of nature as a source of life.The hand holding a torch represents sportive spirit, recreation and joy, as constituting parts of the institute. The motto summarizes the institute's mission and vision."
Source: http://iefangel.org/simbolos/
Ivan Sache, 28 July 2011


Federico Ozanam, Colegio


image by Ivan Sache, 14 August 2002

The College was founded in 1946 as Escuela (School) Federico Ozanam. I have not been able to find out where it is located, however. Frédéric Ozanam (Milano, 1813 - Marseilles, 1853) was a French historian and writer. In 1833, he founded the St. Vincent-de-Paul Society. He rejoined the French Republic in 1848 and founded with Lacordaire the Christian-Democrat newspaper L'Ere Nouvelle (The New Era, 1848-1849).
The flag of the College is described but not shown as horizontally divided yellow-blue (amarillo-azul). Therefore I have used default 2:3 proportion in my image.
Source: <www.educame.gov.co>.
Ivan Sache, 14 August 2002


Felipe Pérez, Instituto Nacional de Educación Media Diversificada

"Instituto Nacional de Educación Media Diversificada 'Felipe Pérez'" (INEM) was founded in February 1972 in Pereira, Department of Risaralda.
The institute is named after the politican, lawmaker, writer and journalist Felipe Pérez (1830-1891), successively appointed Governor of Zipaquirá and Cundinamarca, Senator of the Republic, President of the Congress, General, Chief of Staff of the Army etc...
The flag of INEM, according to a photo and the description available on the website of the institute, is white with the emblem of INEM in the middle. The flag was designed by the Department of Physical Education in 1975 for the first Interinstitute Games.
The emblem of INEM is a white triangle outlined in black-yellow-green, charged with the red letters "INEM" surmonted with a yellow device. "FELIPE PEREZ" is written in white letters on a blue scroll placed under the emblem, under which a second, yellow scroll bears "PEREIRA" in black letters. The whole is inscribed in a red ring with white writing, probably the full name of the institute.
Ivan Sache, 14 January 2009


Felipe Salame, Institución


image by Ivan Sache, 07 July 2011

"Institución Felipe Salame" is located in Rovira (Tolima Department). The flag of the institute, as shown graphically and described on the institute's website, is horizontally divided red-white-green. The original flag of the institute was green and white; in 2005, the teacher Edel Miguel Rubio, finding the original design too boring, proposed to add a red stripe. Red represents valor and strength; white represents peace, tranquillity and harmony; green represents the fields, mountains and landscapes.
Source: http://felipesalame.es.tl/Simbolos-de-la-Institucion.htm
Ivan Sache, 07 July 2011


Ferrini, Colegio


image by Ivan Sache, 06 October 2014

Colegio Ferrini was established in 1965 in Robledo, part of the town of Medellín (Antioquia Department), by the priest Jesús Emilio Jaramillo Monsalve, member of the community of the Missionaries of Yarumal. The community transferred in 1977 the school to Iván Giraldo Zuluaga, who founded in 1978 Instituto San Fernando for the education of girls. Merged in 1991 to form Instituto San Fernando-Ferrini, the two schools were taken over in 1997 by the Serfin Educativo S. A. company, which founded the next year Corporación Educativa Ferrini (Corferrini).
The school is named for Blessed Contardo Ferrini (1859-1902), a Franciscan scholar, Professor of History of Law and Roman Penal Law at the University of Pavia. Buried in the chapel of the Catholic University of Milan, Ferrini is considered as the model of Catholic scholar.
The flag of the institute is horizontally divided into twelve stripes, in turn blue and white. The blue stripes represent justice, while the white stripes represent integrity.
Source: http://www.colegioferrini.edu.co/index.php/institucional/simbolos - Institute's website
Ivan Sache, 06 October 2014

Having my mother (R.I.P.) graduated from Ferrini, I have two questions:
1) The flag you sent in this message is the High School's flag or the higher education Institution flag? (and when I refer to higher education Institution, I refer to after high school)
2) I've always have this institution (Ferrini) as a Technical and Technological school (Technical Schools' courses are 3 years and Technological Schools' courses take 4 years).
Now, looking for information on these questions, I came across this link titled ¿Instituto o Colegio? (Institution or School, Institution standing for after High School Education).
Now, in the text in the link provided above, they mention that "in 1997 Iván Giraldo Zuluaga cedes the Instituto San Fernando Ferrini to the sociedad Serfin Educativo S. A. (a private company). Then in 1998 the Corporación Educativa Ferrini ľ Corferrini is established. In 2009 the owners and managers of Instituto Ferrini decided to split the formal education program (Robledo neighborhood location) from the higher education facilities (that operate in Calasanz and Centro neighborhoods). That is: in Antioquia there are three educational centers under the name Ferrini:
1) Colegio Ferrini (Ferrini High School) for kids
2) Instituto Ferrini (Ferrini Institution) for adults who want to validate their high school degree and they also teach after high school programs
3) Corporación Educativa Ferrini - Corferrini for the creation of educational programs (policies), working together with both the Secretaría de Educación de Medellín (which is the official government entity in charge of public education in the city) and with the Secretaría de Educación de Antioquia (which is the official government entity in charge of public education in the Department, of which Medellín is its capital).
Furthermore, there are actually two official websites:
- Instituto Ferrini (official website) 
- Colegio Ferrini (official website)  
Source: http://www.colegioferrini.edu.co/index.php/iinstituto-o-colegio
Esteban Rivera, 08 November 2014


Fervan, Colegio


image by Ivan Sache, 4 January 2009

"Colegio Fervan" was founded in 1982 in Bogotá, as "Instituto de Educación Preescolar La Abeja Maya". In 1992, the Secretary of Education of Bogotá recognized (Decree No. 1280) the new name of "Colegio Fervan", designed after the name of the founder, Lety Fernández Vanegas.
The flag of the college can be seen on photos taken during the Communication Day 2007.
As described on the website of the institute, the flag is horizontally divided white-green with the emblem of the institute in the middle. The two equal horizontal stripes are a symbol of balance. White is a symbol of perfection, purity and peace. Dark green represents life, respect for the natural environment, hope and tranquillity.
The emblem of the institute is inscribed in a ring, symbol of perfection, of red colour, symbol of force and vitality, charged with the name and motto of the college ("Educacion para el futuro", in Spanish, "Education for the future") in golden letters, symbol of wealth. The center of the emblem is made of an open book, symbol of culture and knowledge, charged with the green letters "C" (for "Collegio"), "F" (for Fernández) and "V" (for Vanegas).
Ivan Sache, 4 January 2009


Fesan, Liceo


image by Ivan Sache, 30 July 2014

Liceo Fesan was established in April 1993 in Suba (Bogotá).
Fesan (Fondo de Empleados Santanderistas - Santander Employees' Fund) was created in February 1985 by José Ramón Torres Ladino, director of Instituto Pedagógico Santander. Out of the 28  employees of the time, 15 joined the project, of which 5 are still part of the today's project . The initial aim of the fund was to provide income to the teachers for the months of January and February. Very successful, Fesan was officially registered in 1991. Fesan purchased in 1992 a plot in Suba, where a school was built in 1993; the project was presented on 3-5 July 1993 in the aula of Instituto Pedagógico Santander. Classes started on 1 February 1994, attended by more than 200 students: Liceo Fesan, managed since 2003 by Coopfesan (Cooperativa Multiactiva de Fesan), teaches now 1,400 students.
The flag of the institute is horizontally divided red-white.
Source: http://www.liceofesan.edu.co/nosotros.html - Institute's website
Ivan Sache, 30 July 2014


Filipense "Nuestra Señora de la Esperanza", Colegio


image by Ivan Sache, 21 June 2014

Colegio Filipense "Nuestra Señora de la Esperanza" was established in Pasto by the Congregation of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri. Nuns of  the congregation settled in Pasto on 4 October 1961. The building of  an educational institute was decided in 1963 by Mother Esperanza Vaque and Father Luis Alfonso Muñoz López; transfer to the new grounds was made in 1966-1967. The two branches of the institute split in 1986.
Source: http://www.filipense.edu.co/ - Institute's website
The flag of the institute is horizontally divided light blue-white-light blue with the institute's emblem in the middle. Blue is the colour of heavens, meaning that every member of the institute should keep high views and look farther than the visible world. White represents the purity of the Blessed Virgin, the institute's patron.
The emblem of the institute includes three golden stars on a blue background, representing the nobleness of the Neri family; a white dove, representing Pentecost and the conversion of St. Philip Neri; a red heart representing St. Philip Neri's heart, as the fire of the Holy Ghost lit in a man's heart, a fire that enlightens darkness; two lily flowers symbolizing the purity of the Immaculate Virgin, the deep love expressed by the founders of the institute, and the purity of heart; and the Latin motto "SURSUM CORDA" (Take Heart!), stressing the need for all the members of the institute to raise their heart towards God.
Source: http://www.filipense.edu.co/index.php/institucional/simbolos - Institute' website
On the flag in actual use, the background of the shield appears to be white rather than yellow.
Photos: http://pasto.gov.co/index.php/alcaldes-de-pasto/category/91-entrega-decreto-colegio-filipense-junio 
Ivan Sache, 21 June 2014


Finca La Mesa, Institución Educativa


image by Ivan Sache, 10 September 2014

Institución Educativa Finca La Mesa is located in Medellín (Antioquia Department).
The flag of the institute is white with a dark green triangle placed along the hoist and the institute's emblem in the middle. White is a symbol of purity. Green is a symbol of hope and future.
The emblem of the institute is made of a shield bordered in green and divided in three quarters. The upper left quarter is charged with a book proper, a symbol of science and intellectual knowledge. The upper right quarter is charged with a handshake, a symbol of friendship and leadership. The lower quarter is charged with a lighthouse erected on the top of a mountain, a symbol of progress.
Source: http://www.iefincalamesa.edu.co/index2.php?id=7384&idmenutipo=339&tag=col - Institute's website
Ivan Sache, 10 September 2014


Florencia, Institución Educativa Normal Superior de


image by Ivan Sache, 13 October 2014

The flag of Institución Educativa Normal Superior de Florencia (Caquetá Department), designed in 1979 by Carlos Martínez, is horizontally divided red-white-red. Red is a symbol of power, while white is a symbol of transparency.
Source: http://normalflorencia.edu.co/ - institute's website
Ivan Sache, 13 October 2014


Floridablanca, Colegio Ecológico de


image by Ivan Sache, 22 June 2014

Colegio Ecológico has branches in 10 villages of the south-east and south-west of the municipality of Floridablanca (Santander Department). Instituto Rural Casiano was established in 2003 with branches in Altos de Mantilla, La Judía, Guayanas, Alsacia, Casiano Bajo, Casiano Alto and Los Caucho. Resolution No. 1,168 of 31 October 2006 merged Instituto Rural Casiano with the branches of Instituto Gabriela Mistral established in Valle de Ruitoque and Palmeras and with the branch of Colegio José Elías Puyana established in Hecheles, to form Colegio Ecológico de Floridablanca.
The flag of the institute is shown graphically horizontally divided green-white. with the institute's emblem in lower fly. There is no photographical evidence that flags in actual use are charged with the emblem.
Green represents the resources provided by the fertile soil; it is a symbol of the natural environment, of youth, desire, rest and balance, aspiration to progress in the future, and life quality. Green also represents the municipality of Floridablanca, whose flag is plain green [with a sun in the middle].
White is a symbol of purity and innocence, of joy, force, optimism, love, creativity and imagination, reflection and modesty. White conveys a pure and sincere aspiration to establish peace in Colombia.
The emblem of the institute features:
- a wild cashew tree ("Anacardium excelsum" L.), adopted as the Floridablanca tree in 1996, as a symbol of nobleness and force. Trees are the lungs and the source of life of mother Earth.
- mountains, representing the rural development in the municipality.
- water resources, representing the resources of the villages forming Floridablanca.
- the Guane sun, symbolizing the Guane culture and the progress of the municipality, also represented on the flag of Floridablanca.
- a laurel crown, representing liberty, leadership and the strong duty to teach competent students.
Source: http://colegioecologico.jimdo.com/ecológico/s%C3%ADmbolos/
Ivan Sache, 22 June 2014


Fontidueño Jaime Arango Rojas, Institución Educativa


image by Ivan Sache, 16 August 2014

Liceo Fontidueño Jaime Arango Rojas was established in Fontidueño borough, part of the municipality of Bello (Antioquia Department), by Municipal Agreement No. 4 of 27 January 1994.
The flag of the institute, adopted on 10 May 1994, is horizontally divided field green-royal blue-bright yellow. Green is a symbol of the permanent struggle for the conservation of the ambient environment and the preservation of personal integrity. Blue is a symbol of the ocean. Yellow is a symbol of life, energy, enthusiasm, and love.
Source: http://www.iefarango.edu.co/manual-de-convivencia/emblemas-institucionales - Institute's website
Ivan Sache, 16 August 2014


Formación Técnica Profesional, Instituto Nacional de


image by Ivan Sache, 03 December 2014

Instituto Nacional de Formación Técnica Profesional (INFOTEP) is located in San Juan del Cesar (La Guajira Department). Instituto de Carreras Intermedia Profesional (INCIP) was established by Decree No; 1,098 of 17 May 1979. Academic programs in Agricultural Husbandry and Animal Husbandry started on 21 July 1980; they were merged on 21 July 1981 into the program of Agricultural and Animal Production, while a program in Mining was started. Programs in Pre-School Education and Accounting were initiated in 1984. The institute was renamed Instituto Nacional de Educación Técnica Profesional (INETEP) in 1987 and INFOTEP the next year.
The flag of INFOTEP is horizontally divided gray-red.
Source: http://www.infotep.edu.co/index.php/institucional/simbolos-institucionales - Institute's website
Ivan Sache, 03 December 2014