Bogotá, Colombia, 2017

Photo courtesy of Fundación Casa de la Infancia

Crezco con mi barrio (I grow with my neighbourhood), the children’s priority zone pilot project, is a programme supported by the Bernard van Leer Foundation and implemented in Ciudad Bolivar, a semi-informal urban area of Bogotá which lacks public spaces and road safety.

With the support of the local organization Casa de la Infancia, the residents have been involved in a community engagement process with the aim of reclaiming public spaces for families. Several interventions, such as play-streets programming, pop-up parks, and painted walking routes to improve safety on school commutes, have been developed to enhance child development outcomes.

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