It is said that necessity is the mother of invention. In today’s era, technology has made everything possible. The recent case pertains to a 3D printing school that was built in about 18 hours. Schools built in this way can bring a significant change in the field of education. Know in detail what is the whole matter…
Leveraging technology to address the school shortage, 14Trees, an African affordable housing venture, has built the world’s first 3D-printed school in the country of Malawi. Its design provides a place to study for those students and people who did not have the privilege in this area with the facilities of reading and teaching inside and outside the classroom.
Malawi has one of the world’s most educational infrastructures, with a severe shortage of classrooms and teachers. According to UNICEF estimates, Malawi needs 36,000 new classrooms to address the shortage in primary schools. While this demand may take 70 years to meet, 14Trees believes that 3D printing technology can solve this problem in just 10 years.
3D printing to tackle school shortage in Africa
This school was built from scratch in the Salima district of Malawi. It took 18 hours to erect the walls. The 3D-printed school was then transferred to a rural community in the Yambe region.
Juliana Kufanga Chikandila, a primary education consultant in Malawi, told a regional media house, “Earlier, we had 12 schools in the Yambe region, now with this new 3D-printed school we have 13 schools. To increase the supply of education to children, we need a total of four more primary schools in the Yambe region, but as a district, we need about 50 more schools to serve the needy. I am very impressed with the new building – its sustainability and design provide space and amenities that the students did not have before. Reading and teaching can now happen inside and outside the classroom.”