Building blocks

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Well-designed schools and campuses may have a role to play in improving educational quality. A new OECD publication* looks at 55 establishments in OECD countries selected by an international jury for the way they have adapted to a constantly changing teaching and learning environment. The schools were selected from 90 schools and universities in 21 countries offered to illustrate themes such as schools for a communications society, school buildings and the environment, libraries and educational resources or establishments for higher education.

The jury of architects, education and school building specialists chose the 55 establishments on the basis of their ability to respond to the identifiable needs of education today and adapt to changes in the future, while encouraging learning, offering value for money and respecting the environment.

Those selected range from the 100-pupil Remicourt pre-school and primary school in Belgium, with flexible, semi-open polyvalent areas to allow work in small groups and mixed class levels, to the Tomaree Education Centre in New South Wales, Australia, with 1,600 pupils aged right through from 5 to 18 plus. This complex serves as an education centre for the whole Tomaree peninsula, with primary, secondary and professional training available. Pupils at all levels can use facilities such as the library and computer rooms, while the sports grounds are available for use by the local community.

The book offers a detailed profile of each establishment and why it was chosen.

* Designs for Learning: 55 Exemplary Educational Facilities, OECD, forthcoming.

Available in French: Architecture et apprentissage: 55 établissements d'enseignement exemplaires.

©OECD Observer No 225, March 2001 

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