The sixth Pies Descalzos School will be in the city of Cartagena, in the Caribbean Coast of Colombia, in the area of Lomas del Peye, a community integrated by 11 neighborhoods that has been constituted during the last 15 years as a consequence of internally displacements from the north of the country. That place has significant levels of poverty, rootlessness, lack of access to public services and low connection to the sewer system.
The School will be built in a 7,477 square meters terrain (located in a mountain) donated by the Municipality, currently the only space without settlements, that in the beginning was a area of 34,000 square meters with important presence of native vegetation.
The Pies Descalzos School will benefit directly 1,400 students and close to 58,000 inhabitants of the region, also will attend Early Childhood, Elementary School, High School and Educational Training. The School will follow the Pies Descalzos model that provides a solution to the lack of education offering opportunities for the children, the youth and the community trough programs focus on high quality education, nutrition, income generation and Open Door School, building local capacities and promoting the sustainable development.
Today Lomas del Peye has 4 Schools attending approximately 1,400 students. With our School and intervention model, this space will become in the only place in that area that will provide to the inhabitants access to such facilities and training programs. Thus, once again we fulfill our mission of become the Pies Descalzos School in a Community Center around education, coexistence and respect.
Architecture and Ecosystem
The School will be located in an intersection between the Swamp of the Virgin and the Mountain of La Popa. The project is also a proposal for ecological improvement. The School will be an environmental barrier that seeks to stop the urban sprawl. Like all of our Schools, we expect that the architectural design become on a landmark of urban planning and social impact, generating positive impact to the entire City.
The designs have been developed by the renowned Colombian architect Giancarlo Mazzanti, who has done important works in the Country. He based his proposal on the concepts of sustainability and bioclimatic design to ensure the welfare of all the generations that go to the School.