This work continues our long-standing international relationship with the University of Rwanda, as well as creating new local networks of both students and faculty.
Reflecting on the Kigali workshops, three important themes were highlighted.
Firstly, the inherent value of being present and physically together. Sharing ideas and collaborating in person enabled the team to both give important feedback to the students as well as learn from their experiences.
Second, the opportunity to openly discuss issues of cultural identity within school design in East Africa, exposed us to important ideas directly from first-hand student experiences and research.
Finally, that this open approach to collaborative workshops and discussion sessions could be a model for future international partnerships and aid our already deep understanding of local cultures and their needs.
We hope to strengthen our ties with the University of Rwanda and other international institutions as we look towards how we promote quality and sustainable school design in the developing world.
Nathan Fairbrother and Meg Collin