With funding from the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, this groundbreaking school in East Africa will lead the way in sustainability, with its design and curriculum at the forefront of environmental consciousness. Situationed in a village outside Bagamoyo, in Tanzania, the campus will prioritize eco-friendly practices, and its predominantly rammed earth construction will embody a commitment to sustainable building techniques.
The educational campus will seamlessly integrate primary and secondary schools, strategically connected on one cohesive site. Emphasizing green initiatives, the campus will be equipped with various facilities catering to academic, recreational, and residential needs. The master plan will feature purpose-built buildings, thoughtfully designed to minimize the ecological footprint.
Within these buildings, 25 classrooms will offer state-of-the-art learning environments, equipped with modern teaching aids and technology. The circular courtyards of the main school buildings will not only ensure natural ventilation, privacy, shading, and security but will also showcase the beauty and functionality of rammed earth construction.
Promoting a profound appreciation for the natural world, the campus will feature science laboratory rooms with cutting-edge equipment for scientific exploration. Art rooms will inspire creativity and artistic expression, while a library/education center will foster a culture of reading and research among students and staff.
The administration building will be the faculty area, serving as the efficient hub for administrative offices, staff spaces, and a conference room. In times of emergencies, a dedicated clinic will be readily available to cater to the health and well-being of the school community.
With sustainability at its core, the combined canteen building will incorporate eco-friendly practices, including efficient waste management and locally sourced materials. Resting spaces will provide a harmonious setting for the community to connect with nature.
The commitment to sustainability extends to the housing for teachers, with 18 bespoke-designed houses constructed using environmentally friendly materials and energy-efficient features. Inspired by the elegance of an old Roman amphitheater, the campus will boast an auditorium that incorporates innovative, sustainable design elements. Additionally, student housing, comprising two buildings with separate hostels for boys and girls, will provide comfortable accommodations while adhering to eco-conscious principles.
Emphasizing the importance of green spaces, vegetable gardens will grace the campus, nurturing a sense of self-sufficiency and environmental stewardship among students and staff. The campus will also offer ample outdoor sporting facilities, including a sport-sized swimming pool, football pitch, basketball and tennis courts, and other integrated sports grounds, all designed with sustainability and functionality in mind. The overall design ethos will place sustainability, safety, and aesthetics at the forefront, creating a vibrant learning and living environment that celebrates nature and empowers the next generation to be stewards of the planet.