Studies show that poverty and violence stifle children's natural curiosity. R3Cre0 is a program designed to stimulate the curiosity, creativity and critical thinking skills of approximately 20 children in the Barbacoas neighborhood in Medellin which will help them in their daily lives, in their academic careers and will help them to break out of the cycles of poverty, criminality and violence.
The area known as Barbacoas in downtown Medellin is mostly known for gang activity, drug trafficking, prostitution and informal street venders. However many children also live in this area. They are the children of gang members, prostitutes, drug traffickers and street vendors. Their family situations are far from ideal. Many have to work and often do not attend school on a regular basis. So they miss the most important aspects of childhood such as time to explore, to ask questions.
R3Cre0 targets approximately 20 children in this area and fosters their curiosity and creativity. Using strategies from positive psychology, critical pedagogy, project based learning and artistic practices we encourage them to critically observe their environment, to ask questions, express their opinions, to explore, to try to find answers and to create prototypes and small projects that address their interests and concerns as well as their ideas for solving them.
In this technological age curiosity, creativity and critical thinking have been widely recognized as necessary human skills for entrepreneurship, employment and for academic achievement. By promoting and developing these skills and habits in these children we are providing them with tools that will help them learn during the course of their lives, even in informal ways, and which will serve them in any occupation that they decide upon or in any business that they are involved in.