Today March 28th 2017, Shakira Mebarak with the company of Xavier Bertolin, Commercial and Educational Director of the Banking Foundation "La Caixa" and Jordi Cardoner, vice-president of FC Barcelona, participate in a new dream that begins in the Pies Descalzos Foundation. From the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, it is announced the construction of the new school in Barranquilla that will benefit children, young people and their entire community.
The new Educational Institution Pies Descalzos Foundation will be located in the neighborhood El Bosque, one of the most vulnerable areas of Barranquilla, in the south-west of the city. Its inhabitants are between social-levels 1 and 2, classified as a low socio-economic level, among a total of children under 18 years of 18,178 belonging to a total population of 22,208 inhabitants. According to prognoses made by DANE in 2011, 47% of its population has an informal economy and only 15% has a stable job.
The conditions of the schools in this sector are insufficient; Day care centers, elementary schools, secondary and vocational education schools. The educational establishments have a physical plant deficit; In addition, it should be added that, both official and private educational establishments, have large locative and teacher shortages. Some don’t even meet minimum operating requirements. That is why the Pies Descalzos Foundation decides to get involved in this part of the country and implement projects and strategies that allow a better development and quality of life in the sector.
In agreement with the Banking Foundation "La Caixa" and FC Barcelona, they will provide education to more than 900 students from one of the least favored sectors of Colombia and with a high crime rate. Jointly, it is projected to implement the programs of “Jóvenes Emprendedores” and FutbolNet, with which they also help to promote schools throughout the Spanish State.
Today is the beginning of a new dream that will provide better opportunities for children and young people in the country and we are committed to continue developing strategies with programs that improve quality public education. Thanks to the Banking Foundation "La Caixa" and FC Barcelona for dreaming as tall as we do and allowing us to provide smiles. We will continue working every day to achieve more dreams to build a better future!