About this project
Active School is a transformative low-cost school design that innovates local construction methods and suits the socio-cultural fabric of rural communities.
By supporting this project, you will help bring vital and improved educational infrastructure to communities in need.
On October 15, 2013, the largely rural region of Visayas, Philippines was devastated by back-to back catastrophes -- the 7.2 magnitude earthquake immediately followed by super typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda).
Among hundreds of lives lost, 300,000 displaced and $170M damage to buildings, 1,134 classrooms were destroyed : leaving 15,000 children in make-shift classrooms a year after the disasters.
We have partnered with the St. Vincent Institute in the town of Maribojoc, Bohol, which was completely destroyed and remains without funding to rebuild.
WE WILL BUILD OUR PROTOTYPE CLASSROOMS on their school site, which they will use for formal classes during the day, and by the community for vocational and disaster-preparedness programs after-hours.
Your donations will go towards the rebuilding of Saint Vincent Institute’s classrooms, returning 150 students back in a learning facility they deserve.
The prototype is the implementation of Aya Maceda’s design-research project from Columbia University GSAPP's Goodman Fellowship. The design RE-DEFINES THE BASIC UNIT OF THE CLASSROOM as a place of learning for both formal and vocational education and a venue for community development.
Aya Maceda is the principal architect of actLAB NYC and Adjunct Asst. Professor at Columbia University GSAPP
The framework draws from the notion of traditional Filipino "verandah" [open living spaces]. Classrooms are bright and open-air. Each elevated FORMAL learning space extends to a lower INFORMAL free space.
The structures combine local craftsmanship with modern engineering for maximum resiliency. The goal is to empower locals to maintain and repair the structure with their inherent building knowhow + innovate cottage industries [thus revitalizing the local economic ecosystem] while promoting sustainability.
The classrooms are devices to develop new avenues for learning. With leadership our curriculum director, Pam Damarillo, ClassAct will work with our partner schools to ensure our flexible new learning spaces positively affect their pedagogy.
ClassAct's after-hours vocational curriculum for youths and adults that is geared towards technology, entrepreneurship, and design will allow our students to take part in the global marketplace, thus strengthening community development and economic stability.
Each of our classrooms will be equipped with internet and Boardshare facilities to enable open-education workshops and to connect with other institutions around the globe, providing access to specialized education even from their remote locations.
Our network of local community activists will also use the alternative spaces to hold workshops for disaster preparedness and community building.
Architecture can bring tremendous social and economic value to communities in need.
How it works [filling the gap]:
Each building exchange partnership / time-share consists of two elements:
- The site will come from the beneficiary school or community in need
- The building will be design and built by ClassAct with the community
= The beneficiary will use the school for FORMAL EDUCATION DURING REGULAR SCHOOL HOURS;
= ClassAct will develop INFORMAL PROGRAMS AFTER HOURS : vocational classes [focused on technology, design, and entrepreneurship] and other development programs with community leaders.
The crowd-sourced project team is a strong, interconnected group of passionate individuals from the Philippines, the U.S., and Australia, brought together by the urgency of the disasters and the opportunity to make a difference:
- Design Architect: Aya Maceda | actLAB NYC
- Screens + Furniture Design: Kenneth Cobonpue
- Structural Consultant: Holger S. Schulze Ehring | SGH Engineers NY
- Local Structural Engineer: Mario Bonifacio
- Local Electrical Engineer: Bennegreg P. Siman
- Quantity Surveyor: Noel Clemeña
- Project Manager: Aprilmel Lupot
- Contractor: SERGS Cooperative (retired naval engineers' cooperative)
- Bamboo Craftsman: Herbie Teodoro (Bambusa Collabo)
- Kickstarter Video: Yuki Kokubo (Ocarina Media)
ClassAct has the unique ability to meet directly with our beneficiaries through an active network of volunteers on the ground.
The ClassAct Mission:
The ClassAct Foundation formed by Aya Maceda (actLAB) + local humanitarian team (OBB) is a non-stock, non-profit organization spurred by the commitment of private individuals to devote their expertise, time and generosity of spirit in designing and activating projects focused on innovative education, information modules, and structures that incorporate indigenous materials and craftsmanship to help generate knowledge.
ClassAct (Philippines) Foundation, Inc. was formally launched at World Economic Forum’s East Asia Regional Summit's OCEAN 14 event and formally incorporated as a Philippine Foundation on June 10, 2014.
Beyond Maribojoc, ClassAct hopes to bring its transformative social model to the rest of the Haiyan-affected areas of the Visayas (Tacloban, Samar, Leyte, and Cebu) in need of new facilities. Funding is already secured for a second set of classrooms for the municipal of Loon, Bohol.
What started as an exploration of the classroom unit has become a framework for a network of learning venues for formal and informal education.
The money we raise through Kickstarter will go towards the construction of one of the three classrooms at Maribojoc, Bohol. We've raised enough to build the first; our target of $30,000 will go to the second; and $50,000 will allow us to build a third.
*Any further funds will go to benefit continued rebuilding efforts in communities affected by Typhoon Haiyan.
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Risks and challenges
ClassAct has designed these classrooms for maximum resiliency and ease of reconstruction. Our collaboration with local engineers and experts ensure every classroom can be rebuilt by local craftsmen again without necessitating renewed funding from outside sources.
Weather-related construction delays are a real issue, however our partnership with local experts who are experienced working within the constraints of the region ensures that the project will be in the best possible hands, and we have team members on-site who can respond to any event from first-hand experience.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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