Because of the heat and humidity, much of Africa’s education occurs in the shade out-of-doors. Thus, I wondered about constructing shade structures.
At a Christian restaurant in Lira, Uganda, I saw two wall-less shades structures that are easy to construct. The first is a tin-roofed rectangular structure that is supported on pipes (the pipes typically used to support porch roofs in sub-Saharan Africa). The pipe and tin roofing can be easily purchased and are not particularly expensive.
The structure at the restaurant was 6 meters long and about 3 meters wide. The roof was partially supported by a rigid section of metal fence.
The second outbuilding at the restaurant was circular and supported with the same type of pipe (12 of them), but had a thatched roof. The thatch is supported by a bamboo frame. This shade structure looks more traditionally African than the tin roofed one.
Somebody with a knowledge of thatched roofs would have to assist with the construction of this shade structure. The one at the restaurant is quite large and could easily accommodate a small class.
The first structure, if installed properly, could support solar panels and be used for rainwater harvesting. With the second one, these add-ons would be much more difficult. But the second one is much more visually appealing and perhaps more useful as an outdoor classroom.