Best Practices in Educational Facilities Investments

METI (Modern Education and Training Institute) School of Rudrapur, Rudrapur Village , Birol Thana, Dinajpur District, Bangladesh

Exemplary design categories: comfort, community use and involvement, cost efficiency, cultural and historical value

How the facility meets the needs of education and communities:
Developed by Dipshikha, a Bangladeshi non-governmental organisation, the METI initiative that seeks to develop children’s individual abilities and interests by taking into account their different learning speeds. It is designed to make the children feel comfortable. The dug-out “cave” rooms allow students to study in small teams or alone, to play during the breaks, and to read and reflect. There is minimal furniture in the main spaces, and this encourages informality. Construction materials, mainly earth and bamboo, were sourced locally and day labourers were hired from the nearby village. The volunteer architects from Germany ensured that the project was a collaborative effort and a mutual learning process. Children were also involved in the building process. The school is now the major cultural facility in the area. It is developing a strong cultural programme, and dance, theatre and music performances by students.

Activity Areas: classrooms, school garden, playground, meeting hall

Project costs: EUR 25,000.00

Source: "Designing for Education: Compendium of Exemplary Educational Facilities 2011"

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"This joyous and elegant school in rural Bangladesh has emerged from a deep understanding of local materials and a heart-felt connection to the community. Its innovation lies in the adaptation of traditional methods and materials to create light-filled celebratory spaces as well as informal spaces for children."
Jury citation, The Aga Khan Award for Architecture

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