Building an Eco-school in Kobanê


We must all do something to help the hundreds of thousands of refugees who risk their lives and go on the harrowing journeys with the hope of a safer life in Europe. At Re-build we believe the best way to help these people is to help rebuild their lives in their home countries. Thus, preventing the deadly journeys they take into Europe. The washing ashore of the body of toddler Alan Kurdi was the tipping point of the international conscience, which prompted immediate action by a global solidarity with the refugee crisis of the century.

Despite the conflict which surrounds the region, as Re-build, we believe that had Alan Kurdi and hundreds of thousands like him had adequate living conditions, there would not have been this type of forced exile which has deadly consequences. Therefore, we saw the need to deliver the basic humanitarian aid and needs in order to stop the deaths of tens of thousands of refugees on the way to Europe.

In our efforts to help rebuild better lives for people in their home countries, our first international project is to build an Eco-School in the municipality of Kobanê and equip it with all the necessary resources.

Following months of conflict in Kobanê, between September 2014 and January 2015, more than 80% of the town has been destroyed and needs to be rebuilt for the town’s residents to return to their homes and carry on with their lives. The town of 525,000 inhabitants has been turned into rubble- so the task of reconstruction is immense. We are coordinating our project in close contact with the Kobane Reconstruction Board, who is coordinating the local and international reconstruction efforts. Re-build was also present at the Reconstruction of Kobane Conference, held in Diyarbakir, in May 2015.

The eco-school will have a capacity of around 300 children aged 6-10.

The 21090 square metre grounds (length 222m, width 95m) consists of three key buildings:

The main school 

Including an inviting reception, 14 classrooms, unisex and accessible toilets, an assembly hall, a library/ resource centre, a staff room, a welfare room, 3 smaller multipurpose rooms, and a worship/spirituality zone. The building is in a circular format with circulation wrapping around the exterior, and with classrooms overlook an open air central courtyard playground. An emergency safety shelter will lie directly underneath the playground.

The sports hall

 A simple, flexible space with a variety of uses; indoor sports, the performing arts, indoor dining, and an evening community events/workshop space.

The creative & practical centre

A creative workshop for arts, technology, design and self-expression is joined to the kitchen overlooking the farm. Children learn practical agricultural skills such as caring for farm animals, growing fruit and vegetables, harvesting food, preparing food, and cooking.

The school will be built mainly from sun dried adobe bricks: a cheap, local, organic and robust material with great thermal qualities, and will involve the community in the construction process. Natural light and ventilation systems will be used throughout, and areas of the roof will be green. Our aim is to use renewable energies and harvest rainwater in order to become a self sufficient school.