These two primary schools are located in immediate adjacency to Kidepo Valley National Park in Karamoja/North-eastern Uganda and form part of the 'Classroom Africa' programme of the African Wildlife Foundation. The aim of this programme is to provide incentives to the local population to embrace wildlife and learn to see it as an opportunity rather than a threat to their livelihoods.
Due to the remoteness of the sites and the associated high transport costs, building materials have been carefully selected to be sourced locally wherever possible. The Kidepo area has beautiful local stone which is being utilised for foundations and plinth walls. Compressed earth blocks form the upper part of the walls. Sliding and top-hung steel louvre panels form windows and doors and provide shading and security at the same time.
Special care has been given to the landscape design which is seen by the Client as key towards fostering a better relationship between people and nature. Existing trees are being protected to an extraordinary extent, local species added and innovative forms of appropriate agriculture introduced in the form of demonstration farms and gardens.