Jouberton Nursery Project 2009


The South Africa based charity Education Africa runs a Social architecture Project that aims at building affordable education facilities in the impoverished regions of South Africa. Students of architecture from international universities come to South Africa to design and construct pre schools, skills centres and facilities for the disabled. Only simple and inexpensive materials are used, and unemployed local residents assist the students, encouraging the important transfer of skills and knowledge. The project also works as an enabler to social tourism in disadvantaged communities.

In the spring of 2008 Education Africa chose to collaborate with the Nottingham Institute of Architecture at the University of Nottingham and identified a community in the township of Jouberton, Klerksdorp in the North West region to build a pre school to accommodate 120 children. The University of Nottingham will be working with AngloGold Ashanti’s community outreach programme in facilitating this project and raising the necessary funding to make the project a reality. The project will be looking to develop the existing social infrastructure in Jouberton and expand its functional and social potential.


In September 2008, two hundred second year students studying Architecture at the University of Nottingham's Institute of Architecture were briefed by Education Africa to design a sustainable nursery school for Jouberton, an impoverished township near Klerksdorp in South Africa, 250km South West from Johannesburg.

In December a panel of tutors and lecturers from the Institute of Architecture long listed the eighteen strongest proposals, three of which were chosen for further development. A team of thirty students consisting of twenty eight 2nd years and eight 5th years were selected to detail the overall winning scheme as well as taking up responsibility for fundraising, sourcing building materials and making travel arrangements to South Africa where they will physically build the nursery.

The University of Nottingham have so far contributed £60,000 and AngloGold Ashanti have provided a sum to the value £45,000. If you would like to support the project financially or think you might be able to help in other ways, please click 'donate' above or contact us. Every donation will go towards building a school for the children of Jouberton.

Jouberton Nursery Project 2009 - Based on The Unstandard theme