Matipwili is a village in Tanzania, Africa- with no electricity or running water. Scotch College and PLC, Perth have an established relationship for over 10 years, which has seen the schools’ taking students to Matipwilii to provide assistance for education within the village.

An opportunity arose for a team of 11 Architects and Teachers from Adelaide and Perth to visit Matipwili, in July 2012 to build on this established relationship. The design team worked through empathy with the people in Matipwili focusing on observing constriction techniques, methods of cooking, running small businesses, visiting their houses and posing questions about the way the community could be improved.

The design team and the village shared concern for those children who didn’t proceed with schooling, expressing their vision for providing adult learning facilities for trade training.

The team and the village had a meeting of minds as the first day observations established a design brief to include mechanics, carpentry, joinery, tailoring, mat making. An uplifting moment came over improving conditions for the village women by suggesting a laundry facility to avoid the trek to the river everyday. A community kitchen also proposed to double as an area for the school students from the primary school to use as a canteen.

Over the course of the last 2 years- the design for the Trade Training Centre is under construction.

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