According to the World Bank, educating all children worldwide will require the construction of 10 million
new classrooms in more than 100 countries by 2015. At the same time, millions of existing classrooms
are in serious need of repair and refurbishment. According to the World Bank, educating all children
worldwide will require the construction of 10 million new classrooms in more than 100 countries by
2015. At the same time, millions of existing classrooms are in serious need of repair and refurbishment.
- Architecture for Humanity
The traveling exhibition presents the winning designs from the first round of the international
architectural competition 2009 Open Architecture Challenge: New Classroom Design. Competition
organized by the American non-profit foundation Architecture for Humanity was held in the spring of
2009. Submitted proposals of school extensions (about 400) for various locations around the worls are
focused on very specific problems and shortcomings of individual educational institutions. Major part of
submissions are projects for underdeveloped areas in Asia, Africa and South America.
The exhibition further presents a project of Czech team Bamboo School for Nepal, which participated in the competition and was one of eight awarded finalists. The extension of the school, Antarastriya Yuba Barsa, was designed for the Nepalese region, Kavre. The new building will serve as a pilot project for construction of schools spread throughout the region and has ambitions to replace the poor old Japanese model company Jaica, which nowadays serves as model for most of schools in Nepal. Current average classes accomodate about 40-45 children in rooms that occupy half the area than is usual in the Czech school.
The Kavre region is very mountainous. Walking to elementary school from home may take up to two hours
through steep slopes. During the rainy period, access is sometimes impossible due to landslides. Only a
certain percentage of schools teach higher-education classes; many children therefore do not have access
to them at all. The proposed extension of Antarastriya Yuba Barsa will provide missing grade 9 and 10.