AWF Primary Schools in Karamoja

AWF Primary Schools in Karamoja

These two primary schools are located in immediate adjacency to Kidepo Valley National Park in Karamoja/North-eastern Uganda and form part of the 'Classroom Africa' programme of the African Wildlife Foundation. The aim of this programme is to provide incentives to the local population to protect wildlife and begin to experience it as an opportunity rather than a threat to their livelihoods.

Due to the remoteness of the sites and the associated high transport costs, building materials were carefully selected to be sourced locally wherever possible. The Kidepo area has beautiful local stone which was utilised for foundations and plinth walls. Compressed earth blocks, manufactured on site, form the upper part of the walls. The steel roof trusses were designed to be so light that two workers could left them in place without using machinery, and so slim that the roof structure of two entire schools fitted on a single truck. Sliding and top-hung steel louvre panels form windows and doors and provide a sturdy response to shading and security requirements.

Special care was given to the landscape design which is seen by the Client as key towards fostering a better relationship between people and nature. Existing trees and shrubs were protected to an extraordinary extent, local species added and innovative forms of appropriate agriculture introduced in the form of demonstration farms and gardens. Appropriate technologies include rainwater harvesting, solar power, fuel-efficient wood stoves and 'aquaprivy' toilets.


Geremech and Sarachom, Karamoja, Uganda


Architecture, Civil/Structural Engineering, Mechanical/Electrical Engineering


Allan Semakula, Arthur Baleeta, Charles Ssegirinya, Deborah Tusiime, Edson Agume, Emma Mugisha, Felix Holland, Jeroen Van Roie, Juliana Achi, Philip Matovu, Robert Mugisha, Sandra Mudondo, Valerie Rubombora


The Landscape Studio (Landscape), Dudley Kasibante and Partners (QS & Project Managers)


Hands Uganda



Cost per Sqm

$380 excl. VAT


February 2020

AWF Primary Schools in Karamoja