ReCrearte Holds 8 Workshops with More than 250 Students from Across the CountryApril 3, 2017
Throughout the month of March, ReCrearte, an initiative of the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD), held eight art recycling workshops with nearly 250 students from schools across the Dominican Republic. Done in collaboration with the ECOESCUELA project of the Dominican Republic Institute for Environmental Law (IDARD, for its acronym in Spanish), the projects intended to promote environmental awareness and recycling efforts among young people by engaging
them in fun recycling activities and discussions.
The workshops, led by ReCrearte coordinator Lucia Marte, were held at schools in Constanza, Boca Chica, Batey Esperanza, Enriquillo, Santo Domingo Norte, Barahona, and Bayaguana in the Dominican Republic. The student participants, ranging in age from eight to sixteen, worked on a variety of recycling projects which entailed creating useful items, such as bags, bracelets or necklaces, out of old clothing materials in
In addition to recycling activities, the workshops included conversations about environmental issues and the three Rs for the proper management of waste: reduce, reuse and recycle.
When asked about the ReCrearte workshops after a project at the Escuela Ismael Miranda in Luperón de Enriquillo, Marte mentioned, “these types of workshops are in support of ReCrearte’s mission to create collective awareness in the Dominican Republic and elsewhere
about our responsibility to take care of the environment.” The ReCrearte coordinator looks forward to continuing these workshops and supporting environmental awareness throughout the Dominican Republic in the coming months.
The ReCrearte program works with the most disadvantaged communities, who receive training in the art of recycling and creating new objects from waste and simultaneously learn to develop an alternative source of income. The
program revolves around the “three golden rules” (or 3Rs) for the proper management of solid waste: reduce, reuse, and recycle. The workshops demonstrate and emphasize the idea that recycling waste and transforming it into art and objects for daily use strengthen individuals and communities alike.