Possible Shade Structures for African Schools

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.

Rectangular Shade Structure at the Christian Restaurant

Rectangular Shade Structure at the Christian Restaurant

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 Metal Roof is Partially Support by a Rigid Section of Metal Fence.

The Metal Roof is Partially Support 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.

Thatched Roofed Shade Structure at the Christian Restaurant

Thatched Roofed Shade Structure at the Christian Restaurant

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.

Bamboo Frame for the Thatched Roof

Bamboo Frame for the Thatched Roof

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.

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