38% of official and private schools in Colombia do not have drinking water, according to the Welbin 2022 index

On September 21, the Welbin 2022 index study was released, which analyzed the level of well-being (health) in the educational sector in Colombia. The measurement had the participation of 1,556 educational institutions from 31 departments of the country, 68% being official schools and 32% private schools.

According to the Escalando web portal, the Welbin index is a tool to assess the level at which educational institutions in Colombia meet the standards of well-being of students, teachers, etc.

This measurement began in 2020 and was created by the Colombian organization Escalando in cooperation with the Educational Economics Laboratory (LEE) that belongs to the Faculty of Economic and Administrative Sciences of the Javeriana University.

The analysis tool (Welbin index) focuses especially on reviewing the management of public and private schools in terms of coexistence and inclusion, mental and emotional health, healthy eating and living, sexuality and gender, and physical integrity and safety.

The Welbin 2022 index yielded the following results:

  • 77% of the schools have carried out communication activities on the management of situations of school coexistence (harassment, school violence, etc.).
  • 25% have trained their teachers in the last two years in the prevention of stigma and discrimination.
  • 19% of schools have mechanisms to identify and refer cases of school violence.
  • School conditions for mental and emotional health in schools nationwide are met by 36%.
  • 16% of schools have mechanisms to identify and refer mental health cases.
  • 33% of schools provide psychosocial support.
  • 32% of teachers are trained to address suicide prevention.
  • 38% of schools do not have drinking water, constant and free, to drink and prepare food. 85% of the schools have an aqueduct, in the rural ones only 55%.
  • On average, participating schools have one functional toilet for every 33 students. This relationship is one functional bathroom for every 47 students in official schools and one for every 14, in private schools (the Colombian technical standard indicates that there should be a maximum of one for 25 students).
  • 15% of schools provide information on access to contraceptives.
  • 11% of schools have trained their teachers in the prevention of HIV and other STIs (Sexually Transmitted Infections).
  • 33% of schools have trained their teachers in sexuality education.
  • 19% of schools have trained their teachers in the prevention of teenage pregnancy.
  • 72% of schools perceive themselves prepared to manage disasters (supplies, evacuation route).
  • 19% of schools have trained their teachers in accident and injury prevention.
  • 12% of the schools surveyed reported being exposed to the risk of flooding and landslides, 36% to the risk of pests and infection vectors.

For the researchers involved in this study, the Welbin measurement allows educational systems to look at the shortcomings to improve well-being conditions in schools.

“The Welbin Index manages to integrate actors, identify good practices, signal specific barriers, and reach schools directly with concrete and focused actions for educational improvement,” says Daniel Tobón, director of Welbin Colombia.

Learn more here.

38% of official and private schools in Colombia do not have drinking water, according to the Welbin 2022 index