In 2006 we were commissioned by Mpilonhle to design a Mobile Health Unit for their Integrated School Health Programme. Following the successful roll-out of this project for the past 12 years we were approached again by Mpilonhle in 2017 to design a replicable computer classroom to be constructed from used shipping containers and installed as prototypes at two rural schools in the uMkhanyakude District of Zululand.
Each classroom was constructed from two 40-foot shipping containers repurposed off-site and then transported separately to the rural school sites and assembled in situ. A local contractor was employed to build all of the on-site structures (foundations and services) and to oversee the assembly of the containers and the installation of the custom-designed roof. The classrooms are fully insulated and finished internally with chromadek, plywood, lambdaboard and vinyl floor sheeting. Custom-made computer consoles provide secure enclosures for the 40 computers in each classroom.
The project was a collaboration between Mpilonhle and the Department of Science & Technology (DST).