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Larger clay elements cast in place instead of bricks used for wall construction

Construction of the next phase of the comprehensive project to complete the secondary school is progressing to schedule in mid-2012. This school project in one of the world’s poorest countries aims to provide further education to the inhabitants of a rural area. Gando, with a population of 3000, has no secondary education facilities and lies on the southern plains of Burkina Faso, some 200km from the capital Ouagadougou.

Most of the construction materials used to construct the school are sourced available: granite stones for the base, clay and fast-growing eucalyptus wood, mainly used as firewood. The wall elements are constructed using a curved mold that enables the elements to be self-supported, and are cast in-situ with a blend of earth, sand, gravel that is stabilized with cement.

The project motivates the community by enhancing the skills of laborers where traditional techniques are combined with new know-how. 

Last Updated: June 06, 2012
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Gando, Burkina Faso
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