The Project to Strengthen Basic Education in Djibouti

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The total primary education enrollment rate in Djibouti in 2001 was 52%, far below the sub-Saharan average, and due to the lack of facilities, students were forced to attend two classes under the extreme heat of over 50 degrees Celsius during the day. In secondary education, the number of students per classroom in Djibouti City has risen to 68, and the overcrowding situation in existing secondary schools has become serious. This plan was requested to the Japanese government with the aim of alleviating this situation and improving the basic education environment.

Project description

This project involved the construction of 40 classrooms in three elementary school in Djibouti and Dikhil, and 74 classrooms in two secondary schools in Djibouti, as well as the provision of educational equipment. The concrete slabs of the second floor and roof were extended from the exterior walls to form eaves, with openings directly underneath to provide natural lighting and ventilation through reflected light on the underside of the slabs while blocking direct sunlight. In addition, the beams supporting the eaves are triangular. In addition, the beams supporting the eaves are made in the shape of triangular plates to accentuate the exterior. In the junior high school, we created a shaded courtyard space by placing two buildings facing each other with the exterior corridor inside.

  • LOCATION         Djibouti
  • STRUCTURE        Reinforced concrete, 2 stories above ground
  • TOTAL FLOOR AREA    Total 11397㎡
  • COMPLETION        2004
  • DUTIES           Basic design, Detail design, Supervision