“For the right to imagine and create”: A participatory campaign developed with children and young people from La Ligua, Vallenar, Valdivia and Castro, seeks to promote their experience within the innovative educational model of Cecrea.
Cecrea is a program of the Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage that promotes the right to imagine and create of girls, boys and young people (NNJ), through the convergence of arts, sciences, technology and sustainability.
La Ligua, like Vallenar, Valdivia and Castro, is one of the four cities that have a large infrastructure (about 1500 m2) for the development of the Cecrea program promoted by the Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage. Currently located in 14 regions of the country, each of these creative centers has the same goal: to be a place specifically dedicated to the development of creativity of children and young people, based on the recognition of their rights.
With the campaign “For the right to fantasize and create” Cecrea Centers want to show the public the initiatives carried out in the last period. It is a participatory campaign developed in collaboration with NNJ to account for the methodologies and responses to the various creative processes in which the arts, sciences, technology and sustainability converge.
“Cecrea freedom”, “Cecrea experience”, “Cecrea listening”, “Cecrea safe space”, are some of the messages that can be seen in the videos that recorded the process of the campaign, which was launched within the framework of Children’s Month and International Day of the youth.
Regarding the work of the program, the director of Cecrea La Ligua, Cristina Guerra, indicated that “in these 7 years, many important things have happened to strengthen this community, such as the invitation to more than 20 children in La Moneda to celebrate art education week, or the radio project that has been running weekly for a year and a half. However, the most important thing was the daily work, because it built trust not only with children and young people, but also with a whole community of adults who recognize Cecrea as a safe and important place for their daughters, sons and children.
For her part, the Deputy Minister of Culture Andrea Gutiérrez pointed out: “It is very touching to see how children and young people express themselves so freely about their rights and about the world they dream and imagine. As adults and as authorities, it is up to us today to provide resources, tools, time, equipment, and love and place them at the service of their needs. We want children and young people to be able to develop in creative spaces designed for them, and these processes happen when we listen and understand the bridging role we play”. And he added: “Thank you to all our Cecrea team who make the existence and development of the centers possible, and to the girls, boys and young people who inhabit these spaces and make them their own.” Their spirit is what gives them life and encourages us to continue”.
More than 9,500 children and young people in the country participated this year in Cecreas, which work in 14 regions of the national territory, promoting creativity through so-called “creative laboratories” and other experiences where the arts, sciences and , technology and sustainability and also promote the “creative citizenship” of children and young people, always based on respecting and exercising their rights.
Of the 14 operational centers, four of them are large and the remaining 10 are smaller and itinerant. In the next few years, the construction and equipment of new infrastructures for the cities of Arica, Coquimbo and Pichidegua is expected.
The program promotes the free and autonomous experimentation of boys, girls and youth, from 7 to 19 years, where mistakes and errors are part of knowing and developing critical thinking. Here, the convergence of arts, sciences, technology and sustainability allow NNJ to explore, experiment, play, talk, imagine, create and develop divergent and creative thinking where all particularities can have a place.
Another of its keys is that the programming in Cecrea is listened to; that is, it is constantly being built, taking into account the opinions of boys, girls and young people, the adults in the community and their territorial identity.
This turns the Cecrea program into an opportunity to develop creative abilities in a space of cooperation and mutual learning, where children are in conditions of horizontality in terms of maturity, which facilitates the processes.