In Villas de Aranjuez, an alliance has been made
between Shakira and her Foundation, the national Ministry of Education, Cartagena´s
Major´s office, Mario Santo Domingo Foundation, Costa Cruises and the Program
of Economic Cooperation and Development of the Switzerland Embassy, with the Architecture Department of
the ETH Zürich to make real the dream of a new Educational Institution.
13.000 inhabitants of Villas de Aranjuéz will benefit
from the construction of the new Educational Institution that will also be open
as a community center for the development of the community.
In a total area of 14.500 m², will be build an space
that will be promoting Quality Education for the children and young people of
the region, based on innovation designs of sustainable architecture.
November 2018. Shakira and her Pies Descalzos Foundation, the Ministry of Education
with its Financial Fund of Educational Infrastructure, Cartagena's Major's
office, the District Educational Secretary, Mario Santo Domingo Foundation,
Costa Cruises and the program of Economic Cooperation and Development of the
Switzerland Embassy in Colombia with the Architecture Department of the ETH
Zürich, announce the beginning of the construction of a new Educational
Institution in Cartagena city.
Today, the community of Villas de Aranjuéz is the
engine of an investment of more than $14.700 million pesos, as part of a
partnership of organizations that have the conviction to bring education, hope
and thus pave the pathway for peace in this area of the country that has been
victim of violence, inequality and indifference.
The partner's resources will be relevant for the
construction of the new school. For its part, Mario Santo Domingo Foundation,
whom is committed to sustainable development in Colombia, joins this project to
open an early childhood development center that will receive children from 0 to
On the other hand, the Italian company Costa Cruises,
of which Shakira is testimonial since 2015, wants to be part of the development
of spaces for primary and secondary, where the students and members of the
community can be happy. The brick of
happiness, a symbolic "first brick" of the new school, arrived at
Cartagena; this brick that has travel around the world on board Costa ships has
helped to promote this project.
Looking forward to provide this new institution with a
sustainable and innovative structure, which optimize the multi-functionality of
its spaces, the Economic Cooperation and Development Program of the Switzerland
Embassy in Colombia, with the Architecture Department of the ETH Zürich, will
provide high standard designs. These designs will consider the climatic
conditions and its multifunctional spaces will be facilities for the teaching
and the multi-generational training.
The new Educational Institution Pies Descalzos, Villas
de Aranjuéz, will be built by a Portuguese construction firm, Mota-Engil,
through the Ministry of Education with its Financial Fund of Educational
Infrastructure. Spaces for classrooms will be open as well as a high-tech
center, artistic expression, pre-school classrooms and multipurpose classes. In
addition, spaces such as a kitchen, a dinning hall and the library.
Cartagena de Indias, once again will witness the
promise of change, development and education for the improvement of the life
quality of its inhabitants.
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