The Kéré Architecture group is founded on the idea that good education and training are the basis for any social, professional, and economic development, and that a strong social consciousness and a focus on cultural, economical and ecological building solutions can vastly improve education conditions.
The group designed a secondary school complex that is inspired by the traditional rural homes in Burkina Faso. They have maintained a strong focus on sustainability, designing the school with the use of local materials, the adaptation of new technology in a simplified way, and strong local participation. The structure will include 12 classrooms, a school hall, a library, an administrative building, and several sports fields. All of these facilities are designed with the local climate in mind, with the classrooms set up circularly so as to protect the courtyard from the dust and wind. Its innovative natural ventilation system makes for a cooler classroom more conducive to learning.
The basis of the designs produced by the Kéré Architecture group is to “help people help themselves”. They rely on the participation of the population so that everyone is involved, making the end result a much more valued product that directly benefits the population.