Until July 2019, within the scope of the call for proposals from the NGO Nka Foundation, a new school campus will be developed in the village Abetenim in Ghana. The Mate Masie Classrooms represent part of it. Between 20th July and 30th September 2017 we will implement our project with an international team of students, locals and experts.
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The 1000-inhabitants-village of Abetenim is located inland in the Ashanti Region. Abetenim means „village of palm trees“ and comes from the surrounding lush rainforests. A large part of the locals are farmers who harvest palm fruits and extract their oils to sell. Water for the village ist pumped by hand from a well and brought to their homes. Electricity, supplied through the public network, is occasionally interrupted.
Due to insufficient education based on a six-year elementary school and a limited application in the daily routine, 98% of the adults are unpracticed in reading and writing. With the help of the Nka Foundation, the primary education was extended by an additional three-year middle school. However, due to a lack of financial resources, the residents can not afford to send their children to a school in another town for a continuing education. In addition, the manpower their children offer after the classes is necessary for their farming businesses in order to secure the family's livelihood.
Our goal is to provide the 12 to 18-year-old girls and boys with a continuing education through a secondary school on the spot.
The school in rural Ghana will be build out of regional materials, such as local clay, through the inclusion of local workers. The construction itself includes a completely elevated structure as well as a double roof system with a level for circulation. This type of construction promotes a constant flow of air both below and above the rooms, maintaining an agreeable temperature and overall indoor climate. Additionally, such building styles help avoid flooding of the spaces during the wet seasons. The closed walls, relatively short in length, facing east and west keep the direct radiation of the space through the low-lying morning and evening sun at bay. In contrast, a light and permeable slatted construction forms the longer side of the building. They allow for cross ventilation brought by the southern winds.
Nka Foundation, Raumgeschichten e.V., Institute for Design and Construction from the University of Stuttgart, e1nszue1ns - Architektur als Social Design, Internationaler Bauorden