Diébédo Francis Kéré, Architect from Burkina Faso, studied at the „Technische Universität Berlin”. He focuses on education as the developing concept for his country, in which he has already built an essential infrastructure.
While he was studying, he founded the association “Schulbausteine für Gando e. V.” for the funding of his first project, a Primary School in his native village. The building was finished in 2001 and received the Aga Khan Award for its exemplarity as well as its concise and elegant architecture using basic, constructive instruments. The school is the result of a vision, initially verbalized by the architect and realised by the community. The jury valued especially the great potential of a project which helps the community to develop a healthy pride and hope and creates at the same time a solid base for its development. The fact that Kéré built a Primary School for Gando exemplifies his commitment for education. To him, education is the foundation for every social, technical and economical development. |…|