Teaching sustainability in a self-sufficient space

"A sustainable school" is a project designed and developed by the civil society organization Tagma (Uruguay).

It consists of the creation of the first sustainable public school in Latin America, based on a self-sustaining building -"earthship"- and a complementary program aimed at fostering community participation and education for sustainability. It was created in the small town of Jaureguiberry (Canelones, Uruguay) in February 2016, after having organized educational activities involving Tagma, teachers, children and the neighbours of Public School No. 294 for one year: meetings, workshops, festivals, visits to the building site, etc.

The building process was another school itself, a practical course on biotecture was organized for young and adults coming from 30 countries including a Uruguayan team of change agents committed to share their knowledge. Now it is time to continue that education on sustainability work, using the actual building as a centre for daily experimentation.

The earthship, a building model developed by the US organization Earthship Biotecture, is a self-sufficient structure that generates its own electricity, potable water and organic food, out of the intelligent use of natural resources and recycled materials -glass bottles, cans, tires...-, as well as systems that take advantage of rainwater, sunlight, wind, and thermal mass, among other innovations. The implementation of this innovative technology at a state primary school required the collaboration of the public sector (Public Administration of Education, Ministry of Education and Culture, Faculty of Architecture, Ministry of Environment, Municipality) and the private sector (companies), along with the expert organization Earthship Biotecture and the local community (Neighbours’ Association, Parents Committee, environmental organizations).

Tagma is a newborn organization founded with the vision of promoting alternative responsible ways of inhabiting the planet and using the natural resources, which led to the mission of building knowledge, raising awareness, training key community actors and constructing self-sustainable buildings that could encourage and represent this new culture in Uruguay.

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Contact information:

Victoria Gómez

Education Referent and Tagma Co-funder

victoria@unaescuelasustentable.uy

San José 905 apto 203

Montevideo, 13200

Uruguay

Theme: 
Education
Sustainable Living
Level of education: 
Primary education
Needs: 
Financial or material contribution
Countries: 
Uruguay