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Project: THE SCHOOL OF DESSOURCES
Place / year: Leogane, Haiti, 2011-2012
Organisation: Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)
Function: Head of the school infrsastructure program (2009-2013)
Collaborators: R. Zemp, J. Reifler, P. Louis, A. Wagnières
  P. Bommeli, S. Daniel, J.-G. Le Roch, F. Poffet

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The national school of Dessource in Leogane, destroyed by the earthquake of the 12 January 2010, has been reconstructed by the SDC and inaugurated the 10 October 2012. The new buildings aim to promote adequate architectural and structural standards for safe and comfortable learning spaces. The school of Dessources is a full levels primary school with 9 classrooms, 2 kindergarten, administration, library, kitchen and refectory. The construction of this “pilot” school allowed testing an earthquake and cyclonic resilient system in concrete, elaborated according to a modern and ductile concept and respecting the new norms established by the Haitian government after the earthquake. Based on this experience, the school design has been optimised into a first standardised school model, accompanied by an exhaustive technical documentation, aiming to provide the Ministry of Education (MENFP) and the Education community in general with reference construction designs for primary schooling infrastructure.

This school is part of "the Programme d’Appui à la Reconstruction des Infrastructures Scolaires (PARIS)", financed and implemented by the Swiss development and cooperation agency (SDC) in partnership with the Ministry of Education (MENFP). The program aims to respond to the reconstruction needs after the earthquake of 12 January 2010, and to seek long-term structural effects for the sector, by elaborating and promoting new standards for Education facilities. Thus, beside the construction of nearly 15 new public schools and teacher training centres, the PARIS provided an important technical support to the MENFP and partners to elaborate earthquake and cyclone resilient school models, adapted to the various local contexts.

Technical data:
Full levels elemetary school
400 children (simple shift)
670 m2 of new construction
270 m2 of rehabilitation
Period: January 2011 to September 2012
Cost: USD 550’000

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