Recently I was up in Papua New Guinea for work. The PNG government has an ambitious policy of free primary school education. This requires more education infrastructure right across the country. I had an opportunity to look at how education infrastructure is being improved through an Australian government project with PNG. The following photos show how classroom conditions have changed through some simple design measures. Use of the old classrooms only stopped a couple of months ago.
The new school buildings were erected to Australian construction standards. The design featured higher ceilings to improve air flow, fans, and electrical lighting. Blocks of four classrooms and teachers prep rooms were constructed using Besser block. This made better use of the site. Also, ablution blocks at some schools were upgraded, which has a significant positive impact on female participation in education.
These clean, functional classrooms provide a much better learning environment for students. This is infrastructure that should last a long time in a very challenging environment.