Best Practices in Educational Facilities Investments

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Facility of the week

Carlow Educate Together National School, Carlow Town, Ireland

The open nature of the design has allowed the Hedge School to become an integral part of the daily life of the school community as the space can be used for a wide range of activities such as performances, outdoor lessons, play and gatherings. The integrated planting creates a unique classroom that combines nature and learning; it is a place where children are exposed to the elements and can begin to understand the principles of ecosystems, climate, seasons, flora and fauna. As part of the learning experience pupils are be able to grow their own food and follow the development of their plants as they progress in school.
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About this database

The OECD Centre for Effective Learning Environments (CELE) and the European Investment Bank (EIB) launched the “Database of Best Practices in Educational Facilities Investment” on 29 September 2011. It seeks to inform the planning, design, construction, management and evaluation of educational spaces, combining resources for strategic investment in educational infrastructure, with exemplary school and university facilities from all over the world.

Drawing on the output of a joint CELE/European Investment Bank project on “Strategic Investment Planning for Educational Infrastructure” and more than 60 exemplary schools and universities featured in CELE’s flagship publication, “Designing for Education: Compendium of Exemplary Educational Facilities 2011”, this database is a unique international resource for educators, designers, policymakers and researchers alike.

Users of the database are encouraged to add their own resource material, or submit new completed university or school projects for publication on the database. OECD and EIB welcome your input to our project!

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