This project was initiated designed and project managed by HereThere partners Nikki McFarland and Jordana Lyden Swift along with Ellie Howard from the Architecture Foundation. Working with SFOGS's, Mbollet-ba Early Years School began as a collaborative project between Our Global School, (an education specialist charity no. 1168345) Students for OGS and Orkidstudio (architectural consultant). The mission was to create an environment in which a new tradition of creative learning could be piloted in Mbollet-ba, The Gambia.
The construction consisted of stabilised earth blocks pressed on site, reinforced concrete foundations and frame structure with a SHS steel truss roof. The construction process was designed in order to minimise the use of mechanised equipment, hence the training workers received could be easily applied elsewhere post build.
It also formed a platform to discuss cultural sensitivities and community dynamics, ensuring the project was tailored to the specific needs of the village. Students for OGS was formed in early 2016 as a group of students and recent graduates from Universities around the United Kingdom who were interested in volunteering as part of an architectural live project. Click here to see Students for OGS for full project information