At a Glance... Education in
Rural Colombians lived in horrific circumstances throughout the violent decades of the drug wars, when ongoing strife meant the need to focus on daily survival left pursuit of education merely a dream for some future peaceful day. That day has arrived. Peace has for the most part become reality, and many families are beginning to look to the future with an understanding that education is the door to opportunity. Educating Colombia's children has become a top priority for President Santos and the nation and more government funding is now being channeled to schools. But for the nearly 12 million Colombians living in rural areas progress is very slow, and these children remain significantly underserved.