New library for Nungwi School (TZ)
C-re-aid is an architectural NGO, focused on using sustainable, ecological and affordable techniques, to combat pollution and poverty. We have currently collaborated with the school of Nungwi, Zanzibar, in order to provide the 2,394 students with a much needed library. This project will serve two purposes, which I shall expand upon now.
Zanzibar currently disposes of an estimated 96,000 tonnes of waste materials a year. This process is, for the most part, completely unregulated. Therefore, pollution throughout the island has reached catastrophic proportions. Away from the luxury tourist locations, local inhabitants live their lives surrounded by rubbish. Their beaches serve as makeshift landfills; piled high with the remnants of poor waste management. Children play on heaps of discarded plastic. Livestock graze amongst it. As you can imagine, this situation hugely impacts Zanzibar’s environment, and the surrounding ocean. Public health has also been effected, due to the sanitation issues incurred through close proximity to waste.
C-re-aid aims to use the Nungwi library as a means of demonstrating a practical solution to this dilemma. The building will be completed, and furnished, using recycled materials. Our Ecobricks will be produced from locally sourced plastic bottles, filled with more soft plastic. Throughout the duration of the project, students will receive informational workshops, introducing them to this alternative responsible building methods. C-re-aid hopes to inspire future generations to adopt these techniques in their individual projects. We want to raise local awareness for the environment, and teach innovative ways of combating pollution.
The library is particularly targeted towards the female students of Nungwi School. This is a crucial demographic to focus on, due to Tanzania’s prevailing gender imbalances within the area of education. The current average literacy rate, nationally, is 65.4%; translating into only roughly one in three women being able to read and write. This statistic is largely due to the fact that 76% of girls do not complete secondary level. The average number of children for these girls is 4.8; giving birth for the first time at just nineteen years of age. Girls receiving a full education, however, go on to have an average family size of 1.9 children. The library will be in invaluable resource for this demographic. Having access to such a resource will facilitate improved academic results. Students will have access to a wide range of literature and computers, to support their studies. Girls will have a private space, away from their family obligations, and often overcrowded home environments, to focus on reaching their full potential. As a result, C-re-aid hopes to record a substantial improvement in academic results and school attendance rates.
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The students of Nungwi School, and the C-re-aid team, thank you for your time and efforts.