Peter Helfrich, sponsor of the PATRIZIA School Dhoksan
PATRIZIA School Dhoksan, Nepal
Nepal is one of the poorest countries in the world, almost every second adult in the South Asian country is illiterate. In order to give future generations a better future through school education, the PATRIZIA Foundation has built a primary school in Dhoksan in 2012.
Seismically safe construction material with a high symbolic value
During the severe earthquake in 2015, around 4,000 schools were destroyed throughout the country. The solidly built PATRIZIA School Dhoksan survived the massive quakes comparatively unscathed and accommodated several families for four months as emergency shelter. In 2016, the windows, ceiling and floor have been renovated by the PATRIZIA Foundation.
School extension with materials from earthquake ruins
In 2018, the PATRIZIA Foundation in cooperation with Supertecture has expanded the school to an extended primary school so that the children can now be taught up to eighth grade. Four new buildings were constructed which also house a library and a reading room.
Some of the materials used in the construction were donations from houses destroyed by the earthquake, thus symbolising the reconstruction. Under the leadership of Till Gröner from Supertecture, a group of architecture students from the Augsburg University of Applied Sciences planned and implemented their plan for the new buildings according to the latest state of research.
Earthquake-proof and sustainable construction
The focus was on earthquake-proof construction – using local construction methods. Each classroom is an individually constructed building using various local, traditional natural building methods such as rammed earth, bamboo, brick and natural stone. The buildings are located at an altitude of over 2,000 meters and, in addition to the individual, creativity-enhancing architectural style, give the children an excellent view of the breathtaking Himalayan panorama.
As local partners, in addition to the school director Man Bahadur, the Shila Devi School Board, an association of parents of the pupils, is responsible for the smooth running of the project.
In 2020, our partner Supertecture was awarded the Hans Sauer Award 2020 “Designing Circularity in the Built Environment” for the sustainably built houses of the PATRIZIA School Dhoksan, and also with the first place in the Hans Benedikt Prize by the Augsburg University of Applied Sciences. In addition, Supertecture was nominated for the 2020 Brick Award in the “Building Outside the Box” category.
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Nima’s tale of happiness
Long journeys may be tedious, but they are usually worth it. Like Nima’s daily trip to the PATRIZIA School Dhoksan.
The 11-year-old Nima attended the primary school for five years. Although it is the closest school for her, the girl has a 45-minute daily trip to school. But she still enjoys it because she is looking forward to school. And because she can walk it together with her two little brothers.
With the extension of the PATRIZIA School Dhoksan, her education does not end after primary school. Nima can now get lessons there up to eighth grade and continue to walk to school together with her brothers. She feels very comfortable in the new classrooms.