During a visit to the Humane School by Föreningen Sofia in 2017 it was discovered that the school buildings was in bad condition with overcrowded classrooms that were not adapted to the student needs.
After the visit the New Humane School project started with the goal to buy land and build a new school that suits the needs and activities that fit within the Waldorf Steiner pedagogy. In addition the school should be adapted to the local context and with regard to social, ecological and economic sustainability.
The fist step was to buy land on which the new school could be built. Then the project takes place in four phases.
The first phase is to build three classrooms and a toilet block. Successive phases plan for the construction of 6 more classrooms, two rooms for preschool activities, a kitchen and dining room, an administrative building, several toilets, as well as facilities for animal husbandry and organic farming. When it is finished, the school is estimated to accommodate about 200-250 students.
Sabine Lepere from ASF-Sweden is the Lead Architect for the Project
The buildings will be made of local materials and local labor, require minimal maintenance and will not be connected to tap water or electricity. Instead, they take advantage of natural light and collected rainwater. The construction process itself should also contribute to the dissemination of knowledge by educating young unemployed people from the local area in ecologically sustainable construction work, and should promote gender equality and non-discrimination.
The project is programmed and designed by the local community, teachers, parents and children at the school through regular communication and participatory workshops. In addition to creating a good school for the children and jobs for the local community both during the construction process and in the operation of the school, it also creates a common pride and a sense of ownership of the project, which is important for the project's success and long-term sustainability.
Designed by the Lead Architect Sabine Lepere. 3D by ASF-Sweden and renderings by imagineer.fr
This proposal is being developed by ASF-Sweden with the involvement of Kenyan Architects, Engineers and other local professionals.
In 2019 the architect student Astri Sundström Konradsson did a design proposal for the new Humane School as her diploma project. The images bellow are renderings made by Astri from her project.
The new plot for the new Humane School is a former farm situated a few hundred meters from the previous location of the school.
Today half of the plot is filled with coffee plantation and the other half is a kitchen garden with two small mud houses. Since the Board of Education didn’t have funds to buy the plot on their own the solution became that the German anthroposophical organization Freunde der Erziehungskunst bought it, with the agreement that the school can rent it for free. The price for the plot amounted to 208 000 $ and in the beginning of 2021 only 2/3 of the plot was payed for. The last part of the plot is planned to be purchased during 2021, but to make it happen more funding is needed.
To realize the plan for the New Humane School founding is needed. We kindly ask you to support us!
School fees: 2000KES per term
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