NICARAGUA – Construction of a school in Jiñocuabo

Construction (Phase 1) and maintenance (Phase 2) of an expansion for the Jiñocuabo school

Year and location

2018-2021. Valle El Jiñocuabo, Nicaragua

ATSF Commission

Phase 1: Ana Maria Arias, Anna Gabarrón, Andreu Riutort

Phase 2: Erick Ordoñez, Erika Bedoya

Counterpart

ASODESCO (Association of parents of the school of Jiñocuabo)

Description

Collaboration in the implementation phase with the German association Bildung Bauen e.V., expansion of the school located in the rural community of Jiñocuabo carried out with the participation of people, of all ages, from the community and neighbouring areas.

Until now, the secondary school had two blocks for classrooms, but it lacked other spaces to serve it. For this reason and to promote an improvement in school and community education, it was proposed to develop a third block that consists of a multi-purpose classroom, a computer classroom and a teachers’ room.

In the second phase, an intervention was proposed on the deficiencies in the new building, which are due to moisture filtered through the ground and make its use impracticable, and the presence of ribbon in the bamboo structure, which could jeopardise the building’s long-term structural security.

Objectives

Phase 1: Build the expansion of the school making this a sustainable building made with resources of the region, that is adapted to the climatic conditions of the area; extreme heat, torrential rains and earthquakes. Therefore, bamboo, straw and clay have been used as the main materials.

Phase 2: Repair the deficiencies in the school building so that they can teach in a suitable space.

Beneficiaries

The children of Jiñocuabo and, in general, the community will have spaces to host activities for the people.

Context

The Jiñocuabo Valley is a community belonging to the municipality of Somotillo, in the Department of Chinandega. It is located 210 km northeast of Managua, the capital of Nicaragua and 79 km from the capital of the Department, Chinandega.
The community El Valle del Jiñocuabo is one of the 29 rural communities that form the municipality of Somotillo. The majority of the economically active population is engaged in the sowing of grains and crops such as sesame, rice, sorghum, soybeans, peanuts, corn, beans, sugar cane, bananas, etc.

Currently, Jiñocuabo has a primary school and a secondary school where children and young people from 5 to 16 years old are taught, and where in the last years they can receive a preparation to enter the university. The pupils are mainly from the community, although in recent years there has been an increase in the number of students from other neighbouring communities.