This was the second program of BNCA as a part of the global programs of UNAI.
The Service Learning Program which was conducted in Kapila village Lusaka in June 2013 was a unique program with an opportunity to have a real world community development and service experience. It helped to transform Katuba & Kapila Villages in a rural region near Lusaka with no access to electricity, and design programs that can empower the community to become self-sustainable.
The role of our institution, Dr. B. N. College of Architecture, Pune, India under the United Nations Academic Impact program as part of its global programs with GreenContributor.inc is to address some of the UNAI goals.
United Nations Academic Impact goal was to design and help construct multi use community blocks in village Kapila which will also be learning center and entrepreneurship place. It is a prototype for surrounding area.
The challenges at Kapila Basic School and its community were lack of accommodation for teachers which in turn means that the school has very few teachers because of a lack of accommodation.
• Our design aimed to develop a ‘Sustainable Multi use Community Block and Program at Kapila for the use of school, students, teachers, youths and community around the nearby villages that surround this place.
• Multi use indicates use of this as learning center, landscape, entrepreneurship training facility, accommodation for teachers and visitors.
• Construction of first of multi-use block was undertaken with an architectural plan developed by students of BNCA which addressed the context and was climate responsive. It will be used for the accommodation for teachers and visiting guests, which will be the initiated as the first of the developmental activities. This was built using sustainable materials which were locally made interlocking mud bricks and were constructed by locals where laborers from the village contributed and joined in this activity voluntarily.
• This unit has a self-contained kitchen and a washroom/toilet facility.
• We introduced the dry compost toilet technique sanitation and hygiene of everyone concerned using techniques of dry compost toilets.
• Some of the highlights of this development will be walls made up of used glass bottles of various shapes and colors along with mortar allowing light to filter in the unit and add to the aesthetics of the unit.
• Central courtyard will act as a community space that can be sued for various activities to help built the community and impart training to the youth.
• There is a multifunctional hall that can hold a larger gathering of people and can be used by various organizations for developmental.
Students enrolled for the program were
1) Anisha Patel
2) Tanvi Yengul
4) Aboli Pradhan
5) Meenakashi Dravid
6) Aditi Lawate