School for Syrian Refugees

School for Syrian Refugees

According to the United Nations refugee agency and Save the Children, of the current refugees, more than 1.3 million are under the age of 18. Syria’s children, both refugees and those internally displaced, desperately need access not just to basic necessities but to education as well. Many of the Syrian children have been out of school for almost three years now. And, two-thirds of school-age Syrian refugees are not getting any education.The project has devised a basic framework for schools in refugee camps that combines natural elements like sand, typical items and accessories for construction like scaffolding tubes and, above all, the labour of the refugees themselves. The contribution of them, also women, in assembling these very simple, quick and intuitive structures will ensure they once again feel in charge of their own destiny and future. The use of sand, the best natural insulator par excellence, a typical feature of the Syrian culture, will make the constructions economical. The idea is to use directly the earth “beneath your feet” as the material of construction. Here it happens simply by filling in between the provided frameworks for the walls by earth. The roof panels filled by the earth may also act as flower panels to produce groceries. This simple method corresponds to the local climate as well as providing a natural life cycle that prevents the earth from pollution.

Location: Za’atari Refugee Camp, Jordan

Built by: Pouya Khazaeli and Syrian refugees from the Za’atari Refugee Camp

Project Partner: Relief International

Supported by: JHCO – Jordan Hashemite Charity Organization

Principal Designer: Cameron Sinclair and Pouya Khazaeli

Team: Luca Drigani, Pouya Khazaeli, Dario Roustayan and Cameron Sinclair

Total Construction Cost: 30,000 Euros

Size: 16m x 16m