Appropriate Technology Asia


Remote rural villages are almost universally characterised by extremely poor access to schools. What schools do exist are generally in various stages of dereliction and have little or no equipment or facilities, even of the most basic kind.

The geographical isolation of mountain areas increase the cost of transporting building materials and consequently the upkeep and maintenance of buildings is frequently beyond the capacity of local communities and governments.

ATA seeks to address this through the construction of low cost buildings made from local materials that directly use or develop on traditional building techniques. This allows us to construct buildings that are easily maintainable by local communities and which blend in perfectly with local architectural styles. An intrinsic part of all our designs is the utilisation of sunlight and insulation that confer the dual benefit of creating a warm and comfortable environment for study, while at the same time reducing the recurring costs of operating the school on local governments and communities.