All countries venerate schools but few of them have enough educational institutions for their people – something particularly true of Africa.
Restore International believes the children of Uganda are the future of the country and change lies in their hands. This was the motivation then that prompted the NGO to do what it could to redress this balance by working with the local community in in the Amuru District of northern Uganda, not too far from the city of Gulu.
The net result of that collaboration is a school that can accommodate up to 250 children and as many as 30
teachers and is constructed almost entirely of Hydraform interlocking blocks. To facilitate the project, the NGO
purchased a Hydraform interlocking blockmaking machine. Restore International then worked with members of the
community, availing them of training and guidance in the correct use of the machine and helping them to build the
school – as far as is possible, from the natural resources on site. As a postscript to constructing the school, the
community of Lwalakwar now has the skills, along with continued access to the machinery, to embark on other building projects in the region.
Furthering Africa’s Education
Meanwhile, a little way down the road, the Society of Jesus has extended education opportunities in northern Uganda.
The Ugandan chapter of the Society of Jesus has become involved in developing and constructing a modern secondary school located near the city of Gulu, some 355km north of the country’s capital, Kampala. The school will be built using the Hydraform Building System and is planned to be developed in phases so as to lower the financial burden.
The project was incepted after a local family in Gulu donated 98.5 acres of land to fulfill its long-held dream. The school is intended to house boarders and to draw students from the entire region. It has been designed to accommodate 1 200 boys and girls. Also included in the plans are faculty housing, a Jesuit residence and two convents for sisters. An important factor that influenced the choice of construction methodology was the need for the school to be environmentally and culturally sensitive. Hydraform soil cement blocks fit that profile because there is no need to cut down trees for burning in the curing process – that is accomplished with a combination of water and sunlight.
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