A Self Sustaining Vision
Barw’du School is to be a technical school for trade oriented occupations with an emphasis on agriculture and self sustaining activities, including permaculture.
The master plan includes housing components for teachers and students, and the rest of the 50 acre site is to be allocated to agricultural fields.
Materials are all locally sourced and many will be generated by simple on-site production methods. The local community are familiar with working with clay and so skilled labour is easily accessible.
A water tower will capitalize on the ample water supply on site and serve the needs of the community as it develops.
Classroom openings are screened but not glazed which will maximize cross ventilation.
A double roof system keeps the classrooms cool and airy and the large overhangs of the metal roof will protect the spaces and building facades from the sun and heavy rains.
Electrical power is scarce in Liberia and mostly supplied by fuel generators. Provisions will be made for solar panels to be installed on the corrugated zinc roof as a potential source of energy.
Barw’du School benefits from an award winning design by Miami based KZ Architecture and was conceived following Principle Architect Jaya Kader’s visit to Duwehn Town in July 2017. Following consultation with the community and local engineering experts a bill of quantities has been produced and we are actively fundraising for Phase 1 Construction.