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close this bookEducational Spaces No. 3 - Building Basic Education (UNESCO, 1992, 16 p.)
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Temporary facilities

Temporary educational shelter:

The idea of using a tent as temporary educational shelter emerged to satisfy the need for educational space in a country devastated by war. It could be easily established and developed into a more complete and permanent educational facility if peace conditions would so permit or, alternatively be rapidly removed and transferred to another location. The tent is equipped with a room-divider, squatting desks and educational material, both for teachers and students. The room-divider containing blackboard, pin-up board, book shelves and storage for educational material, divides the tent into two different educational spaces. Afghan students traditionally sit on the floor and the squatting desks provided can be used as a little writing table, bench, platform or book shelf. Both the room-divider and the squatting desk are expected to be produced in the workshops of the Village Basic Education Centres in Afghanistan.

Village Basic Education Centre:

A typical VBEC includes three classrooms for children, a multi-purpose reading room where literacy can be taught to adults and young people, two or three workshops for skills training for girls and women and for men, one room for day-care centre, a teacher's house, a well and toilets, areas for poultry raising and vegetable growing and space for leisure activities.

The services required are not limited to the teaching of reading, writing and arithmetic to school-age children, but include educational programmes which reach all members of the community regardless of age and sex.