Like our work on sanitation, much of our work on school infrastructure has focused on Limpopo, where dilapidated classrooms are pervasive. Many have no doors or windows and there are huge holes in the classroom floors. Learners have told us that during winter, it is difficult for them to concentrate and when it rains lessons are cancelled if no alternative classrooms are available.

These environments are unsafe for the children and not conducive to learning. Unstable and dilapidated infrastructure exposes children to risk and bad weather, which can make them sick. On top of this, schools often do not have libraries, science labs, admin blocks, or proper food and nutrition facilities. How are children expected to learn in an unsafe and uncomfortable environment that can barely meet their basic needs?

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Conference Declaration: Michael Komape Norms & Standards for School Infrastructure Implementation Conference