African Design Magazine April 2016 - Page 43

African project Streetlight Schools On January 13, 2016, the first Streetlight School opened in Johannesburg, South Africa. The project has been registered for a 4-Star Green Star SA Interiors rating with the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) by sustainability specialists, Solid Green Consulting. S treetlight Schools is an innovative low-cost primary school model that focuses on enquiry, collaboration, exploration, relevance and the use of technology to teach and learn. This unique approach empowers learners to master core skills and develop curiosity through collaborative learning, technology-enabled classes, project-based learning and instruction. The site for the school, Jeppe Park Primary, is in the heart of Johannesburg’s inner city, within walking distance of Jeppe Station and directly opposite Jeppe Park. The school forms part of a mixed use, but primarily residential, development in an existing multi-storey building owned by Bjala, a social enterprise that applies innovative solutions and unique approaches to urbanisation challenges. Started in October 2013 as an afterschool programme, the school has evolved over two years into a fullyfledged school for 45 children – with plans to eventually accommodate 200 learners. Melanie Smuts, CEO and Founder of Streetlight Schools, says, “I started Streetlight Schools to demonstrate that we have all the resources available to create a high-quality, innovative education system in some of our most under-served communities. And we can do so by being bold and innovative about how we think about what we need in education, from curriculum to facilities. Click here to find out more about Streetlight Schools africandesignmagazine.com 43