National Teachers Colleges Uganda wins Architizer award

Uganda’s National Teachers Colleges project by Oubuntu-DASUDA and bkvv architects has just won the Public Award from the Architizer A+ Awards 2022. The popular winner in the Architecture for Good category, the National Teachers College or NTC Uganda project is a major two-site campus renovation near Kaliro and Mubende, Uganda.

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Aerial photo of one of the high schools

The project serves 2,000 students and involves 24 renovated buildings and eight new ones. These buildings include student and teacher accommodation, classrooms, kitchens and sports facilities, food production facilities and sustainable energy and waste recycling systems.

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Another aerial view of the high schools with greenery around

NTC is also part of a national program aimed at improving education in Uganda. It is a joint venture between the architects of the Ministry of Education and Sports in Uganda and the Belgian Development Agency. In the meantime, the project is being financed by the Belgian government.

Bamboo canopies for students to study under

In addition, the project won an Architizer award out of 5,000 entries from more than 100 countries. The voting public cast over 400,000 votes for judge-nominated finalists for each award category. In detail, the Architecture for Good category promotes projects and architects that address crises while working with local communities.

A new classroom inside one of the buildings

Construction of the NTC project has also just been completed. The buildings were handed over to teachers and students in December 2021.

A brand new library within the upper secondary schools

In addition, the campus has indoor and outdoor spaces for teachers and students. The design then focuses on enhancing the green environment through local safeguards for water conservation and protecting the biodiversity around the campus.

Brick ovens for school meals

The buildings used local materials such as bamboo and earth stone for a simple construction that promoted local involvement in the construction. In addition, the buildings also optimize natural lighting and ventilation as well as passive cooling, which results in relatively cool indoor temperatures. The systems are cheap to run because they do not involve air conditioning.

Belgium’s Prime Minister and Ambassador signed the Climate Responsive Design Manifesto during the inauguration ceremony, with the NTC being the first project in Uganda to be recognized as an example of best practice. The project will serve as a reference point for institutional development in Uganda in the future.

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