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Community-led library and education center in Elmina, Ghana

Year
2020 – Ongoing

Location
Elmina, Ghana

Context
Rural

Size
100m2, library and education center

Service
Design

Partner
EduSpot

Sustainability
Community-led approach; Local employees; Sustainable material

Community-led library and education center in Elmina, Ghana

The project involves providing architectural support to the EduSpots organization for the construction of a community-led library and education center in Elmina, Ghana.

 

Context

The construction of this library center is a response to the lack of access to quality education, resources, and learning spaces in rural Ghana. The country has a struggling with high rates of educational inequality and low academic achievement, as well as low post-primary school attendance. The Covid 19 pandemic has also negatively impacted educational prospects for young people across the country.

 

Solution

Our partner organization, EduSpots, has been working in Ghana since 2015 to develop community-led education centers (Spots). They currently have a network of 42 Spots in rural Ghana. 

 

Through their work in Ghana, they have built a relationship with the community of Elmina over the past few years and have seen the community transform with the community-led approach to education that EduSpots is pursuing.

elmina library

 

Building process

Because the future library is located in a flood-prone area, our plans must be aligned so that the library center is at least three feet above the ground. Thus, we decided that the first floor will consist of a flood-proof concrete base. It will form a connection with the exterior and can be used as a multifunctional space. The equipment and furniture are movable to prevent the damage in case of floods. In the first phase of construction, the room will be left empty, but it offers enough space for a classroom or for a reception area for visitors. 

The second floor will house the library and an office. Learning materials such as books and computers are located here. This second floor provides a quiet space for reading, studying and working.

Elmina library
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