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Young Education Centre of Tanaff

Balouo Salo Location: Tanaff, Region de Sedhiou, Senegal, Africa
Start project: 2018
Our supports: Architectural design, construction management, building materials
Architecture design: Raoul Vecchio
Status: Under construction
Donors: Privates, 5x1000, Il Mio Dono, Kaira Looro
Senegalese collaborations: Tanaff Municipality, Jamm Senegal, Tanaff Poste de Santé, Association des Femmes
Number of beneficiaries: 5.000 directs, 8.000 indirects


The project

Tanaff’s a small town of about 5.000 inhabitants, check and referring- point within the region of Sedhiou, Ziguinchor, Kolda and the country of Guinea Bissau. Togheter with Baghere, ancient cultural and agricultural cornerstone in the area, the town suffered the abandon of traditional activities by young people in order to make fortune somewhere else, sometimes even abroad , due to the persisting phenomena of dryness and salt intrusion. A big number of young people dies because unaware of risks. The project mostly addresses those youngers,providing an educational centre carring out traning activities and development of the territory. The ancient town hall will be requalified and improved to create 3 rooms dedicated to education plus a multifunctional space (a regional unique work). Its building process will represent an opportunity to add value to natural resources and territory, exclusively using natural building materials, through a load-bearing structure built with earthbags and a wooden coverings, repromoting some forgiven essences. The building site will represent a training place for the engagement of workforces and local associations, so learning new sustainable and not-expensive technologies in favour of sustainable development of villages. The Centre will be open to whomever represents a uniqueness in Senegal, also according to its constructive technology. Thereby we estimate a strong participation from the entire Casamance that could promote the territory even in turistic terms. Its management will be entrusted to Tanaff municipality.


Positive impacts

Project mise en place affects communities since it embraces several development aspects, involving a great and varied number of beneficiaries, event though it’s dedicated to young people. The lack os such a place promoting culture is a current gap on territory. Growth and development of any location are based on awareness and human knowledge, representing fundamentals for the creation of a developing sustainble and long-lasting process. This gap on education, consciousness and awareness strongly affects growth of young people. This creation wants to be a call for those above, passing trough social activities such as preservation of customs and cultural exchange or awareness and consciousness. We rely on local potentials in order to enhance and regenerate it and this represents the final goal of the centre.
The structure will also have an exhibition space dedicated to local customs, being nowadays an endagered character and main feature of any place, representing its identity and richness, helping so the growth of young people and also allowing a turistic development aimed to widen village relationships.
In addition to those positive aspects linked to activities, the building process represents an open air workshop through the usage of building technologies and natural materials to get life conditions improved, paying attention on wastes in poor areas and getting a closer relationship with the surrounding environment. From bricklayers to women and volunteer participation will show a learnable technology for a sustainable development.


Architectures for sustainability and development

“Architecture means the search for equilibrium between man and nature, man and elements, man and culture therefore man and itself. It’s a mean that reduces disparities and fixes emergencies adopting values based on knowledge, identity and self-sufficiency” R.Vecchio
Biggest benefits of the projects are based on values linked to culture and local identity. That is the reason why it’s a strong impact at sight, creating something connected with its context and oriented towards the spread of values, knowledge and experiences passing through new shapes and materials, as well as the cultural exchange within the workplace played by the exchange of colours and scents coming from natural materials. The architectural project, donate by Raoul Vecchio, is a sample method for developing countries in poor areas, concretely showing a doable chance regarding right usage of materials and technologies in building structures to be donated to communities, responding to emergency conditions and allowing development, all based on environmental sustainability and social criteria.


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