24 October 2017

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Hopping with Excitement!

We can’t tell you how excited we are to announce that East Coast Architects, the firm responsible for the design of both Seven Fountains Primary School and Vele Secondary School, are the recipients of the 2016 Global Award for Sustainable Architecture! The award is presented by the Paris-based LOCUS Foundation, with the support of Unesco, and […]

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Architecture for Social Gain Awards: Best Movie

As part of their 350th anniversary celebrations Saint-Gobain held the inaugural Architecture for Social Gain awards ceremony in August this year. Entries were received across three categories, ‘Future’, ‘Built’ and ‘Adopt-a-School’, but the judges were so impressed with the quality of the digital submissions that an additional award for ‘Best Movie’ was added to the competition, a […]

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Learning from Others: Implementing Sustainable Systems In Rural Schools

One of the core principles of the Creating Schools model is sustainability, both in terms of the environment and in terms of operating a school within the constraints of a government budget. We’ve spoken many times on this subject, but generally in quite broad terms. In April this year Vele Secondary School received an Honourable […]

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Going (Further) Off the Grid!

With solar power, rain water tanks and passive low energy design principles used throughout the building, Vele Secondary School is as about as green a school as you could get! In fact the school and its learners are so environmentally aware that Vele has received not one, but two ‘green’ awards: in 2012 the school, together […]

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Vele: The (Second) Greenest School on Earth!

The Centre for Green Schools, an American based non-profit organisation that aims to transform all schools into healthy learning environments, recently published their 2014 global Best of Green Schools list, and we are so proud to announce that Vele came a close second for the Greenest School on Earth! What an achievement for this once dilapidated rural school in […]

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Rural schools win ecology award

Two rural schools have been jointly awarded the top honours for architecture for their environmentally sustainable designs.  Lebone II College in Phokeng in the North West province and Vele Secondary School in Limpopo shared the AfriSam-SAIA Award for Sustainable Architecture. The schools’ design could serve as a model for how educational facilities are built, and […]

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Holcim Awards 2008 Africa Middle East

Holcim Awards 2008 Africa Middle East

Acknowledgement: School infrastructure from local resources, Vele and Vryheid, South Africa School infrastructure from local resources, transforms schools into community centers of lifelong learning. Here, sustainable livelihoods training can take place – energy efficiency, renewable energy use, rainwater harvesting and local food production are all part of the program. Click here to download the poster […]

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SAIA Award of Excellence

SAIA Award of Excellence

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AFRISAM recognises Vele School

Schools play a critical role in the life of communities especially those situated in remote and forgotten areas. Part of the Creating Schools initiative, the project based its development on input from the local community. Video produced by: Breinstorm // thinkfilm.tv // The Kinetic

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