This chapter includes the following articles.
In the past two decades, Colombia’s educational system has grown in importance for the country’s policy-makers. This has translated into a stronger link between education and human resources development, as well as a gradual rise in overall expenditure. The sector continues to face a number of challenges, including a significant gap in school coverage and completion rates for secondary schooling in rural and urban areas. Moreover, educational attainment remains tied to students’ socio-economic status. Nonetheless, authorities have set the ambitious goal of turning Colombia into the most educated country in Latin America by 2025. The current drive to develop internet access is helping to overturn some of the discrepancies, while a series of innovative programmes have strengthened educational practices in the more isolated regions of the country, pointing to continued positive progression for the sector.