The Etania schools are learning centres for marginalised, undocumented, and stateless kids in Sabah, Malaysia—many of whom are children of legal and illegal migrant plantation workers—who currently have no access to education.
Etania’s ambitious plan is to build 30 centres across Sabah, which will provide a full learning programme six days a week. Hence, it approached social enterprise billionBricks to prepare a prototype school design for the first such school, which will accommodate 350 children aged between 5 and 13. One of the main challenges for this school was its riverside location, which is prone to massive flooding every 10 years or so. Therefore, the prototype school is, not unlike much of Borneo’s vernacular architecture, raised from the ground, albeit in a more unconventional way.
Project Name: Etania Green School
Location: Beaufort, Sabah, Malaysia
Completion Date: 2018
Site Area: 470 square metres
Client: Matakana Educational Society – Etania Schools
Design Team: billionBricks; Architecture BRIO
Images: Fernando GomuLya