Schools for Nigeria

Nigeria, Africa. 2018 - ongoing

The Norman Foster Foundation is collaborating with Mr Wole Osinupebi and Nigerian partners to develop a pilot scheme in Nigeria with the potential to fulfil the need to build rapidly and locally schools across the country.

The government of Nigeria recently acknowledged that the country has the highest number of children out of school in the world—there are 10.5 million children not receiving an education. This is due to a multitude of factors, but the main problem is a profound lack of capacity to fulfil the huge demand for classrooms in a fast-growing nation. 

Building on a new political will to increase funding and invest more in education, the Norman Foster Foundation—in collaboration with Mr. Wole Osinupebi and Nigerian partners—has proposed to develop a pilot scheme in a carefully selected location in Nigeria. The scheme’s main aim is to create a model that meets the need to rapidly build educational facilities across the country, implemented with an innovative use of appropriate local materials and technology. In some locations, these schools would be self-sufficient and independent of the traditional infrastructure lacking in parts of the country.