Why are we doing this?
The Collège Amadou Hampaté Bâ is a middle school established in 1991 and serves students from low economic backgrounds. In Niger education is an ongoing challenge. National literacy rates show that less than a third of the population are literate. College Amadou is a flagship school that places emphasis on the professional development of its teachers by providing thorough training and incentives for their teachers to teach well.
College Amadou approached Article 25 with the idea to add a primary school and high school to the existing middle school.
We have completed designs for new school buildings that take into account the climate of Niger. Our classroom designs contain ‘passive ventilation’ that enables the classrooms to stay cool in the scorching day time temperatures that are common in Niger without need for costly power sources.
The new school buildings will enable College Amadou to continue their valuable work, creating passionate and dedicated teachers that will have a positive impact on the next generation in Niger. Building work is scheduled to start later this year.
This project is made possible thanks to our partners from:
The progress so far
Over the past few months, Article 25 has completed a feasibility study and a needs assessment for the school. Construction works are slated to begin later in 2018.
The needs assessment exercise, carried out with students and the teaching staff, was useful for helping our team prioritise infrastructural improvements for the school. Some needs highlighted during the exercise include improving outdoor seating areas, adding more natural light for classrooms, dustbins to prevent the accumulation of trash and new sports facilities.
The maximum daily temperature in Niger ranges from 31 to 41 degrees Celsius, making natural cooling and ventilation strategies a priority in the school buildings to maximise comfort for students and teaching staff. During the feasibility study, we noticed that the trees surrounding classrooms provided a substantial amount of shade, creating cool and pleasant areas on-site.
The planted trees were useful for providing breeze through the classrooms, allowing for good cross-ventilation. The heatmap below shows the stark contrast between temperatures in exposed areas and the classrooms protected by the natural shading. Design strategies will double-down on this technique to create more shaded areas for outdoor playing spaces, seating areas, canteens and classrooms.
July 2018 Update
The technical design for the expansion of Collège Amadou Hampaté Bâ school in Niamey, Niger, has now been completed. Article 25 will be assisting the client as they tender the proposals and appoint a local contractor to carry out the building works. Construction is scheduled to start in September 2018.
The proposals include refurbishment of existing classrooms and addition of 5 new classroom blocks (totalling 20 classrooms), along with new administrative facilities, an assembly hall, library and latrine blocks. Upgrades to water and electrical services are also proposed in order to improve the school’s resilience to intermittent municipal supply.
The new school buildings have been designed to use local materials, with adaptation of vernacular techniques used to respond to the climatic conditions and create beautiful and comfortable spaces conducive to learning. The aim is for the school to act as an exemplar for high quality educational facilities in Niger.