PROJECT

Ethiopia Siiqqee Center

project started

March, 2017

project type and size

Residential and educational center


Description: Every five minutes a girl dies as a result of violence world-wide, according to UN's Global Goals for Sustainable Development.One out of four girls marries while still a child. 130 million girls in the world do not go to school. 

We believe that part of the solution is to provide girls and young women with an education and help them stay in school. Situated in Sebeta, Ethiopia, our project aims to help 119 girls and young women who are in danger of becoming part of this statics. We assist them in continuing their education and provide them with the tools and knowledge to become economically independent. Our planned residential and educational center is key to making this happen. The centre will replace a small building currently being used as an educational facility.

Goal of the project: Reduce the number of girls and young women who leave school prematurely. We provide material support from sanity pads to life skills training and mentorship. The aim is for them to grow confident in their own power and skills as autonomous individuals.

What the new center will contain:
• Housing facilities for 24 girls, as well as communal spaces for 119 girls in total
• Library
• Gym
• Café
• Several shops that will sell craft objects made by the girls
• Multifunctional rooms for different educational purposes.

Some of the facilities at the center will also serve as a communal space for young people in the region, including both girls and boys.

Materials: We are in the process of researching traditional and local technologies and materials.

Energy: Self renewable energy.

Phase of the project: We are currently in the concept-development phase and have visited the site for the planned centre. The local authorities have been contacted and we are in dialogue. At the moment we are sourcing ideas and feedback from the local community and establishing a balance between a center that is both simple and affordable, as well as built with quality materials that will create a sustainable and durable space. 

 

For more information, check out our latest presentations:

Pdf presentation, Siiqqee center
Pdf presentation, kit for children participation

 From our workshop in October 2017 with the girls of the Siiqqee Center.

From our workshop in October 2017 with the girls of the Siiqqee Center.

More about the Siiqqee Center:

AUG Team Ethiopia has travelled to Sebeta together with Partnership for Change to visit the existing center. While there we organized a workshop with 12 of our 119 girls from the Siiqqee center. Together we proposed ideas for what the new center could become and include. In addition the girls shared their thoughts and visions for the centre. 

For more information about our collaborators, please visit: www.siiqqee.org og www.pfchange.org

“Our aim with this project is that all girls will get to attend and stay in school".

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 The main street outside the Siiqqee center. This is the area where we will build the new center.

The main street outside the Siiqqee center. This is the area where we will build the new center.

 One very important woman at the Siiqqee center. She provides support for the girls in their daily lives.

One very important woman at the Siiqqee center. She provides support for the girls in their daily lives.

 Zertithun and Nega from Siiqqee Women´s Development Association at the workshop 

Zertithun and Nega from Siiqqee Women´s Development Association at the workshop 

 Our architect Isabel presented the plan for the workshop.

Our architect Isabel presented the plan for the workshop.

 Our girls.

Our girls.

 Describing a day at Siiqqee center and future visions. 

Describing a day at Siiqqee center and future visions. 

 Discussions with the local politicians.

Discussions with the local politicians.


Meet the team

 Architect:  Isabel Ruiz Lopez  Contact for further information about the project

Architect: Isabel Ruiz Lopez
Contact for further information about the project

 Architect: Marion Gardette

Architect: Marion Gardette

 Architect: Geir Håvard Bakken

Architect: Geir Håvard Bakken

 Architect: Bridget White

Architect: Bridget White

 Local architect in Ethiopia: Nuhamin Teshale 

Local architect in Ethiopia: Nuhamin Teshale 

 

Partners:

Thank you to our partners Siiqqee Womens´s Development Associations and Partnership for Change. 
For more information about our collaborators, please visit: www.siiqqee.org og www.pfchange.org

Sponsor:

Thank you to our sponsor Nordic Office of Architecture