PROJECT IGNIS : BUILD A SCHOOL

PROJECT IGNIS : RESHAPING EDUCATION

PROJECT IGNIS : BUILD A SCHOOL

+ WHO WE ARE

Project Ignis is the effort of a group of 17 architecture students from the National University of Singapore. We all share the belief that architecture and design can be the answer to many socio-economics issues and the driver for positive changes. We are embarking on this project because we would like to utilize what we’ve learned and try to give a little something back.

+ INTRODUCTION

Phong Thanh is an agricultural commune of 14000 people in Cau Ke District, Tra Vinh Province, Vietnam. Considered the poorest region in Cau Tre, the commune has a poverty rate of 20%, a larger portion of whom are of minor ethnicity, the Kho Me people. The poverty is often due to a lack of education and understanding of society and economy, which is a result of poor emphasis on education in the region.

+ THE CAMPAIGN

This prompted us to initiate Project Ignis, in collaboration with the NGO Eco-Vietnam Group to build a IT and STEM classroom for the local students and residents.

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Crowdfunding ends on
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2018
 
“Project Ignis” is an initiative by NUS Department of Architecture Students who are designing & building an IT and Stem Learning Center for children in Phong Thanh, Vietnam. All donations will be used exclusively for the material and labour cost of construction of the center. *Prices are in SGD. 
Step 1: Specify your contribution amount for BUILD A SCHOOL

OBJECTIVE

Our project aims to create an avenue to alleviate the poor educational infrastructure within the commune by providing a dedicated learning space aimed specifically at IT and STEM. They’re subjects that are either entirely missing from the current syllabus and daily lives of the residents or if they are taught in school, they’re mostly outdated and do not include any relevant and recent development in the fields. Courses on IT and STEM will be conducted for students while skill-upgrading courses will be held for adults to improve their agricultural productivity and business competitiveness through new technology and IT.

The existing schools can also utilize the classroom to conduct interactive lessons with the equipments provided. With the rapid advent of automation, AI and online services, it is imperative that the students and residents have the opportunity to learn about and tap into Industry 4.0.

We are designing a holistic learning environment which includes the interior and furniture. The interior elements will reinforce learning ideas by incorporating scientific and mathematical phenomena into the design itself. The furniture will also be designed to be modular, adjustable, easy to assemble and repair so as to accommodate different user groups.

We are building the classroom with the hope that it would create a self-propagating system in which the local residents and students, after having attended IT and STEM courses taught in the classroom, can themselves help to spread the knowledge and independently gain new knowledge. The classroom is not just a building where information is disseminated from the top down but it also has spaces and tools for self-learning and peer-teaching.

SITE & BUILDING PLANNING

The classroom is being built in a communal compound that currently houses a library and a playground. The area of the classroom is expected to be about 90-100m2 of covered area, with more external, paved areas. The classroom can take up to about 60 students in a seminar-style class. The classroom will be equipped with 6 desktop computers, integrated teaching tools and educational material.

(The photos below shows the communal compound and the existing library).

$1,575.00
Pledged of $7,500.00 Goal
14
Pledgers
51
Days left
Crowdfunding ends on
June
15
2018
 
“Project Ignis” is an initiative by NUS Department of Architecture Students who are designing & building an IT and Stem Learning Center for children in Phong Thanh, Vietnam. All donations will be used exclusively for the material and labour cost of construction of the center. *Prices are in SGD. 
Step 1: Specify your contribution amount for BUILD A SCHOOL

THE DESIGN

We are designing a holistic learning environment that eschews the rigid structure of normal classrooms and instead, encourages discussions and research. Spaces within the classroom are flexible, able to be configured for seminars, group discussions, quiet study and dynamic activities.

We applied this idea to our design of the interior and furniture as well. The interior elements will reinforce learning ideas by incorporating scientific and mathematical phenomena into the design itself. The furniture will also be designed to be modular, adjustable, and easy to assemble and repair so as to accommodate different user groups.

CAMPAIGN TARGET

We are seeking to raise SGD 7,500 for the construction cost of the building. The money will be used exclusively for the material and labor cost of construction. Both the material sourced and the contractors engaged will be from the local area. The breakdown of expenditure will be made available to all donors.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT WILL THE CONTRIBUTION BE USED FOR?

The money will be used exclusively for the material and labor cost of construction. Both the material sourced and the contractors engaged will be from the local area. The breakdown of expenditure will be made available to all donors.

WHEN WILL THE CONSTRUCTION HAPPEN?
The construction is scheduled for 21st July 2018 – 1st August 2018. The design team will be on-site (at their own expense) to supervise the construction. The team will also be doing the interior and setting up the classroom.
WHAT WILL THE CLASSROOM BE USED FOR?

Courses on IT and STEM will be conducted by external educators for the appropriate age groups, ranging from primary school students all the way to adults. These courses are for the residents of the commune and are meant to supplement the current official syllabus (which is lacking in these fields) and to enhance economic productivity of working adults.

The 4 existing primary schools and secondary school in the commune, which have about 1800 students in total, can also book this classroom to conduct lessons that require the equipment within or just for the functionality of the space.

WHO WILL HANDLE THE OPERATION OF THE CLASSROOM?

In this project, our team is partnering with the NGO Eco-Vietnam Group. EVG has been working with the local government to help develop the commune for the past 4 years. The classroom will be situated within the communal compound, called Community Volunteer Center.

The compound and the classroom will be run by EVG for the first 3 years, after which, operation will be handed over to the local government.

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