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Director's Welcome

Coalba's Principal

Welcome to the webpage of Colegio Albania, or, as we are affectionately known, COALBA.

We are a private, company owned school, providing a high quality, bilingual education to the children of employees of Carbones de Cerrejón. Situated in La Guajira, Colombia we combine an international vision with a strong local context and are accredited both by the Colombian Ministry of Education and by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. We are also authorized by the IBO to offer the Diploma, Middle Years and Primary Years Programs.

Our students, their parents and teachers, come from all regions of Colombia and from all corners of the world to form part of the community of Mushaisa, “the land of coal” in the local Wayuu language. A sense of family and of community permeates school life and we are all very proud to be ambassadors not only for COALBA but also for “La Mina” and for Colombia.

As you browse our webpages, I hope you will begin to feel something of the spirit and of the character of Colegio Albania. Like our home, La Guajira, we are full of color, of life and of dreams. With support from families and from our parent company, Cerrejón, our students learn “to do the maximum possible and not the minimum necessary”, they learn to love learning and to become true global citizens prepared to make the world a better place.

In the words of our school song “together we light the way” and I very much hope your virtual visit will lead you to join us on this journey.

Sincerely yours
Eron Strong