Secondary school girls hostels in Iringa region

Constuction of Secondary School Girls’ Hostels
Tanzania
From 2017 to 2019

„Girls’ education has proven to be one of the most effective ways of poverty reduction and community development. Through education, girls acquire the capacity for better livelihoods, and learn how to look after themselves and their future families.

In rural Tanzania, however, going to school may be a challenge:  some girls have to walk up to 30 km to reach their school. The daily journey can also get dangerous, with serious consequences: pregnancy is considered a valid reason for expelling a girl from school – which terminates her education. To keep the girls safe and save time for their studies, parents and communities often prefer them to stay close to the school.

For this purpose, safe and well-designed hostels for girls are needed, to provide them with an environment that supports their education and development. Ukumbi NGO and Hollmén Reuter Sandman Architects have worked together with Lyra in Africa, to design and build hostels for girls in secondary schools in Iringa region, Tanzania.

The first executed hostel opened in October 2018 in Nyang’oro Secondary School. Lyra in Africa is providing the funding for the construction of the hostel facilities, whereas Hollmén Reuter Sandman are providing the architectural design. Sustainable, environmentally and culturally appropriate architecture is vitally important for the success of the Lyra’s hostel project, and it will set a standard in the future projects in the area. It will also have a strong impact on the community by allowing them to engage in the design and construction on the hostel, thus strengthening their economy, social status and vitality.

The first executed dormitory opened in 2018 in Nyang’oro, the second in Ilambilole in 2020, the third in Ifwagi in 2021, the fourth in 2022 in Maduma and the fifth in February 2024. Currently, the sixth in Msanga is under construction.

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