The eighth site in the KPSP network, Anwa Junior Academy, is a primary school located in Lindi Village. Developed through a participatory process and engaging local youth to provide skilled labor, the project responds to the need for improved learning facilities in Kibera as a fundamental component of sustainable development.
Anwa Junior Academy is an informal school founded by a group of mothers in Kibera.
Beginning with just a handful of students and a rented room, over time the school grew in attendance and reputation, but the ramshackle buildings in which the classes were housed were cramped, dark and unsafe.
KDI worked with students and the school community to identify the amenities and infrastructure that would fulfil their needs and aspirations.
We engaged an education partner specializing in informal schools to help develop the capacity and skills of the teaching staff, while Carpentry Academy trainees provided sustainably-produced furniture and fittings.
The new school building features wattle-and-daub mud walls and matabi (steel) sheeting to reference local Kiberan informal architecture.
The classrooms are fitted with bamboo shutters to improve light and ventilation, while toilet facilities, a new staff room, and living quarters accommodate the needs of students, visitors, and on-site staff.
KDI is currently developing an outdoor recreation area and sustainable urban drainage system to reuse rainwater and reduce off-site flows.
Although this second phase still underway, the new school building has been operational since 2017, providing a flexible and pleasant learning environment for 400 children ranging from 2-14 years.