Education Centre Building Project
Welcome to the SOS Africa Charity’s Education Centre Building Project. Over the next 10 years SOS Africa aims to design and build a multi-functional Education Centre in the Western Cape of South Africa to operate alongside schools in the region to empower people from the local community through education.
SOS Africa believes strongly in empowerment through education and that through this investment, children will have greater opportunity to break the cycle of poverty that they are born into. The solution is in no way a “bums on seats” approach; SOS Africa has set up a holistic education programme to support the children throughout their schooling. The Education Centre established will also facilitate further areas of education support, not only for these children but also for their siblings and parents.
The intention of this building is to facilitate a spectrum of learning outside of the standard classroom. There is no stipulation of age/gender; all forms of learning will be adapted to the student. For more info, Download our Project Brief...
The design has to be as flexible as possible, not only to future development but to an ever-changing and adapting way of learning. This education centre should set a precedent among the students, surrounding community and even the sponsors, as an exemplar form of local and sustainable architecture through its use of energy, adaptability to education programmes and unique approach to community empowerment. The entire process from design to build will be embedded within education and as a result will empower all the participants.
The Education Centre Building Project will be based in Somerset-West, South Africa along the N2 road in range of the Chris Nissen, Sir Lowrys, Lwandle and Nomzamo Townships. For more info, Download our Area Guide...
This first design proposal was developed by architecture student, Claudia Titley, as her Final Major Project for Part 2 at the Centre for Alternative Technology. The site used here was theoretical but the design/concept is such that it can easily be adapted to another site in the area once the charity obtains it.
This booklet illustrates the outline of the design plans, elevations and landscaping... Download Here