School Out of the Box
School out of the box is a conceptual proposal for provisioning critical support infrastructure for under-resourced schools in rural South Africa.
A recent report by the Department of Basic Education identifies that of the 23,500 public schools in South Africa:
The proposal uses the ubiquitous 20ft (6m) shipping container, exploring its strength and availability, to deliver replicable, scale-able, robust and well designed modules to satisfy the above-mentioned deficiencies.
Following a comprehensive fit-out using high grade finishes and components, the container is transported to a site prepared for its installation. Further on-site construction creates a robust, functional facility fit for use and responsive to site conditions. The installed modules require no 'linkages' - the proposal suggests stand-alone modules that harvest rainwater (for drinking, hand-washing, cooking and dishwashing), heat water (for cooking and pot and dish washing) and generate PV solar electricity (for lights, computers and general use).
The proposal is founded on the following key principles: