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close this bookEducational Spaces No. 3 - Building Basic Education (UNESCO, 1992, 16 p.)
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Sherubtse Degree College

In 1985 the Royal Government of Bhutan, with the assistance of UNDP, started to build the first degree college in Kanglung. The University of Delhi seconded qualified faculty staff, financed by the Colombo Plan. Initially, faculties in Arts, Commerce and Science were opened. Four years later the Royal Government asked UNESCO for assistance to provide services in connection with the development of a campus master plan for a rational physical development of the College, financed by UNDP. A campus planner architect, a civil engineer and an educational planner carried out studies and the implementation of this project.


Prefabrication process for traditional windows, doors and panels for educational buildings:

Using the prefabrication concept, windows, doors and panels are factory produced and ready for instalment upon arrival on the site. Details have been improved regarding wind and rain protection and, as only profiles and assembly procedures are fixed, the designer still has the flexibility to modify the component sizes to suit his needs.



Punagongn Primary School:

Financed under an IDA credit and Swiss grant funds the construction of Punagongn Primary School was part of the first phase of the Primary Education Project. Standard designs for temperate and tropical types were developed and included a substantial amount of innovation, both in terms of design and construction techniques. The school capacity was designed for 600 students in 16 classrooms. Hostels for 60 girls and 110 boys allow children from remote areas to attend school as well.


National Institute of Education in Samchi:

The Teacher Training Institute at Samchi was established in 1968 to meet the growing demand for primary teachers. In 1981 the institute was upgraded and renamed as National Institute of Education to train secondary schoolteachers. Under funds provided by the Government of Norway and AGFUND, UNESCO has assisted the Royal Government of Bhutan since 1983 in the construction of the main building, auditorium, library, service building and hostel and in the improvement of the infrastructure.


Educational Facilities Maintenance Manual:

Vol. I Management of Maintenance
Vol. II Carrying out Maintenance

This two-volume maintenance manual was prepared by UNESCO's consultant architect Ms F. Duggan in collaboration with the Department of Education of the Royal Government of Bhutan, to assist headmasters and staff, but also students, to maintain the educational facilities in Bhutan. In a country where the demand for new facilities cannot be met quickly enough, existing school facilities have to be looked after even more carefully. The authors of this manual wish to raise the awareness of the need for maintenance both for those who manage educational facilities and for the users. The manuals are therefore illustrated with many drawings for easy understanding, along with a very clear and detailed text.