School building design for feeding programmes and community outreach: Insights from Ghana and South Africa

Ola Uduku

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Abstract

This article investigates how school building design can support primary school feeding programmes in low- and middle-income countries. Furthermore it argues for schools to become community “development hubs”; incorporating both local access to education and also to programmes for nutrition, ICT, health education and other services, outside of school hours. It reviews the literature on school feeding programmes. Data from field research on schools in Ghana and South Africa is used to identify the key design issues for schools delivering feeding programmes. It considers how national education policies can affect school planning and building priorities. The article concludes by calling for the evolution of a new school design model, in which the school site becomes a “development hub”, supporting children” education, associated support activities including school feeding, and importantly also, integrated community development outreach activities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)59-66
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Educational Development
Volume31
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2011

Keywords

  • School buildings
  • School design
  • School feeding programmes
  • South Africa
  • Ghana
  • Social Justice
  • Community outreach

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