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Fostering education for lesser privileged through spatial dynamics

Optimizing the use of residual space for vulnerable stakeholders.

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Core Idea: The developing nations have an extreme shortage of resources which deprives a large number of minds from being nurtured. Lack of an adequate number of government schools in densely populated neighborhoods often forces the children of marginal families to drop out the thought of education. The key idea is to utilize the spaces of private offices, government offices, public institutions, etc. after their working hours and convert them into make-shift spaces of education.

Key stakeholders: Housemaids, security guards, migrant workers, street vendors, etc. these user groups tend to find accommodation within the core of the city for economic welfare and job opportunities. Though these neighborhoods usually do not offer a supportive environment for their kids to study due to a lack of affordable schooling opportunities. Providing a space for their education would also enable the scope of parenting.  The child would no longer have to stay in their native place to complete their education, which is a common practice in many places.

Working Module: The offices can shell out their discussion rooms, meeting rooms, leisure areas, projector rooms, etc. which could be appropriated by the students and their faculties. There would be no infrastructural cost to the government for education and would also benefit the companies through their ‘Company Social Responsibility’ module. The saving of an initial set-up cost could help in building a robust course material and help the government in channelizing the resources to provide school bags, books, stationaries, etc.

Feasibility: There are a plethora of opportunities in this segment. The corporate sector is booming with the fast-paced developing environment and thus heavy investments are poured in building the infrastructure. With the pandemic being struck, the offices are going to remodel their working and reduce their task force working from the office. This would lead to a lot of residual spaces in the offices which are a huge potential that could be optimized across the city.

Scaling up: This model could be checked by implementing it in neighborhoods with a variety of land-use, scale, density, and population to understand the dynamics before scaling up.

What part(s) of the pre-COVID school system do you wish to leave in the past? Why?

The constraints of not being able to access education due to lack of affordable opportunities or threat of insecurity. The high-density areas would never opt to include more schools given the norms of COVID-19 precautions, hence the solution can optimize the use of space and resolve the spatial requirement of education.

Tell us a little bit about yourself and what inspired you to share this idea.

I am an undergraduate student currently in his final year pursuing Urban Design from CEPT University, Ahmedabad. He is keen to explore the human-centric design approach which can help in improvising the urban scenario. In his free time, he enjoys exploring new places, food, playing football and swimming.

What region are you located in?

  • Southern Asia

Where are you located?

I am from the city of joy 'Kolkata' which has been recently struck with the super-cyclone, making the marginal communities even more vulnerable.


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