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Mondeor Eco School of Skills

Sir Lowry’s Pass, Western Cape

The number of children attending the school has increased and the two classrooms that Mondeor Eco School of Skills has, are too small to accommodate all learners.

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About the project:

Mondeor Eco School of Skills provides learners who have had difficulty in a mainstream academic context with an alternative educational setting more conducive to their specific needs and learning abilities. They have 55 children, from grade 8 to grade 12.

The challenge:

The number of children attending the school has increased and the two classrooms that Mondeor Eco School of Skills has are too small to accommodate all learners.

The need:

A 30m2 straw bale classroom structure will allow the school to grow, giving more children that need alternative education space for learning.

Strawbales are produced by the agricultural industry. They are a waste product and are often either burnt or left to rot. Strawbales are cheap and are a great renewable building material, which allows for fast and simple construction. The strawbales are used to fill structural timber frames and are plastered using a natural clay and lime mixture. Strawbale structures have great insulating properties and plastered walls are naturally fire retardant (the straw bales are non-combustible). Concrete is used to pour foundations for strawbale structures and concrete floors are also the easiest option.

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