“III International Urban Development and Social Inclusion Projects Competition” [SECOND PRIZE].
Palomino is located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta (National Park of Santa Marta, World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve mestizaby UNESCO), Colombian Caribbean coast. Its cultural and environmental riches are exuberant. The majority of the population are mestizo, followed by afro-Colombians, traditional andean and indigenous groups.
Palomino has long suffered from a human rights crisis, loss of cultural identity, intolerance and racial discrimination, corruption and abandonment of authorities, generating a loss of confidence in their conflicts resolution. However, the stability of recent times has allowed small hotel colonies; estimating a more complex tourist structure in the future, a great moment to channel future tourism through criteria of cultural and environmental sustainability. It is an opportunity for young people to become aware of their cultural and environmental heritage as components of peace; where they are trained in cultural practices and the sustainable use of natural resources, strengthening their sense of belonging and cultural identity and generating a job opportunity through it.
Based in “cultural tourism” (“a tool of social transformation that consolidates the ties that are common to a population in favor of progress and development, that guarantees the permanence of values, identity and traditions, which will provide not only an economic benefit for the community, but also the sustainability of their heritage “) the project recovers the bamboo guadua, natural heritage of that area. Being a sustainable material, economic, good physical-mechanical properties (the so-called plant steel) and having multiple applications (food, textiles, handicrafts, furniture, etc.), will provide a productive cycle that will improve the socio-economic conditions of area.
The Palomino Training and Vocational School seeks, through training in traditional trades, graduates to be an example of building a culture of peace, consolidating spaces for co-existence, as well as creating a productive environment that guarantees access to the market work and its permanence in the village. Palomino Training and Vocational School is identified as a concrete action that helps to overcome poverty, to rebuild the social strcuture, to create public and private synergies as well as to create collective wealth of a material and cultural nature.