Swawou Foundation
Secondary School for Girls
Tucked away in eastern Sierra Leone, the Swawou Layout Community Primary School for Girls was first set up in 2009 by the Swawou Foundation to offer free primary education to girls from disadvantaged backgrounds.

In a country where 70% live on under US$1.25 a day, almost a quarter of primary school aged children do not attend school and poverty remains the number one barrier to gaining an education. Uneducated girls are more at risk of becoming marginalised. They are more likely to be forced into early marriage and motherhood and less likely to have a voice in the social and political realities which influence the quality of their daily lives.

BuildX Studio broke ground for the construction of the Swawou School in 2014 for new learning facilities of up to 120 girls from the local community offering hope and inspiration for a community committed towards educating girls.
The impact of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa unfortunately halted the project as we approached completion. The number of recorded deaths exceeded 11,000 across in the region before it was declared Ebola free.

The school opened its doors to excited students after two years since construction began and symbolised a new start for not just the community but the country as they emerged from the devastation of the Ebola outbreak.

The new school was voted the ‘best school in Sierra Leone’ on a national radio station before it even had a roof on, a sign that it would indeed change the lives of not only the students but the larger community in form of local jobs as intentioned.

The school has gone on to develop all-rounded students ready to tackle today's challenges with unparalleled confidence.
Location: Kenema, Sierra Leone
Year: 2014 – 2016
Built Area: 1,000 m2
Structural Engineers: StructureMode