10 years ago Zimbabwe was one of the countries in Africa with the best educated population and a literacy rate of 97%. Due to politically motivated forced evictions in 2005 over 30,000 Zimbabweans lost their homes. The affected families had to settle into newly established Townships. Thousands of children lost their access to education.
The Rising Star primary school was founded in 2007 from a citizens' initiative in Harare. Starting with only 10 pupils, today more than 600 children attend the school, most of them from underprivileged families or orphans. Recently the school obtained the permission to award an accredited certificate. For the future an expansion to offer secondary level education is planned. Besides the general education information about HIV and Aids is an essential part of the the Rising Star school, as this is still one of the most important health issues in Zimbabwe.
Despite all efforts and progresses the school still has no weatherproof buildings. The education takes place outdoor, so an education during the rainy season is hardly possible.
In order to guarantee the human right for education for those children, the project group plans the construction of robust school buildings for the Rising Star school in Hopley in order to ensure consistent education as well as a sustainable sanitation concept.
This is what we want to do:
The city network Stuttgart of Engineers without borders Germany supports the Project „Rising Star“ and wants to further the construction of permanent and resistant school buildings to ensure a continuous education throughout the whole year in cooperation with local people. The architectural draft for the school buildings uses locally available materials and manages without any complex construction elements. The modular system enables a step-by-step approach, so the separate construction phases can be adjusted to the available financial resources.
To do so the group started with the buidling of 2 classroom throughout the Summer 2016.
Detailed Informationen and pictures of the first building phase can be found in the Blog on our Homepage:
After the return of all our project members in November the planning of the second building phase will start.