School for refugees and locals in the village of Za’atari, Jordan

Check this short video by the Emergency Architecture & Human Rights! They built a school in the village of Za’atari, Jordan to host educational programs for refugees, Syrian refugees and Jordanians. They “100 classrooms & football fields” project aims to build 99 more classrooms in the Middle East and in North Africa. We have just partnered up with them to build the second school. This project will be a bigger one, more like a school campus with several buildings. It is going to be in the village of Azraq, Jordan. More information about this upcoming project is coming soon! Check and like the video on the EA-HR Youtube channel and please share it if you also believe that education is crucial!

You can find a longer description about this project on the EA-HR webpage! 

“The Syrian civil war has displaced millions of people, most of them are children, most of them do not receive education because of a lack of schools.

Emergency Architecture & Human Rights is building sand- bag schools to host Syrian and Jordanian children in Za’atari village, located just outside the Za’atari refugee camp, 10 km from the Syrian border.

A vast majority of people who have been displaced from Syria are now living informally within the host community, hence they are o en found without access to social security, sanitation and educational facilities.

Za’atari village is currently home to15,000 Syrians and 13.000 Jordanians. EAHR, in collaboration with the local community and a local NGO, Acting for Change Jordan, implemented an extension to the existing school in order to increase the number of students access to education: the school will be used by children in the morning and by adults during the a ernoon, who will use the space to learn reading and writing skills.

The classroom was built with the superadobe technique. The construction is inspired by the Great Mosque of Djenné, traditional earth architecture from Mali and vernacular beehive house structures of Syria originating form Aleppo and Homs, where many of the refugees come from.

Due to the limited choice of building methods and materials, and the harsh environment characterized by hot summers and cold winters, the beehive style is a viable solution for a school construction. is kind of building technique does not require high-tensile-strength reinforcements, and can be built quickly with unskilled labour, performing better than tents, cement blocks and corrugated metal sheets in terms of thermal insulation. In comparison with a cement block structure of similar dimensions, the costs for construction were halved.

During the construction, EAHR trained local workers on super-adobe construction methods which can also increase livelihoods and strengthen the resilience of the local community. is method hopefully allows these skills to be re-adopted to build more sustainable, low-cost and energy e cient buildings within the surrounding informal settlements and during Syria’s future reconstruction.”

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