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The First 3D-Printed School built in Madagascar

by Patrick Lavery, Feb 24
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A new project in Fianarantsoa, Madagascar, is building schools using 3D printing technology. A new, 3D-printed school can be built in under a week with less waste and lower carbon emissions than conventional construction. The aim is to address the infrastructure shortage – driven by a lack of skilled labour and resources – which limit the capacity for children to learn.

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So what?

Widening access to education infrastructure could facilitate the education of many more children, especially pertinent after school closures during the COVID-19 pandemic. A more educated global population has many potential benefits including improved productivity, gender equality and poverty alleviation.

Will this project expand to other parts of the world and prove a model for infrastructure development, particularly in education? Can we embrace technology to make twin improvements in education and the environment in a post-pandemic world?

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