Senegal Elementary School Competition: Sambou Toura Drame

Archstorming’s new competition takes us to Senegal (Africa), a country with regions where only 50% of school-age children have access to education and where classrooms are often crammed with up to 80 students per class due to the limited number of structures.

In this project we will be collaborating with the NGO Let’s Build My School (LBMS), a UK registered charity which was founded in 2016 to build schools in developing countries with a particular focus on remote areas which lack educational facilities.

​Beyond delivering structures built using locally sourced, sustainable, recycled materials, LBMS researches and applies construction techniques which do not require any prior technical skills in construction so that the local community may be able to replicate the process and help to further develop their village long after LBMS has left. Applying those principles will be the challenge for our next competition, where the winning proposal will be built.


Archstorming is calling for proposals to design an elementary school in Marsassoum, Senegal. The school is currently constructed of bamboo walls and zinc roofs and it is in very bad conditions. The classrooms rarely survive the rainy season and that results in the cancellation of classes and students failing their academic year.

In this competition we will research innovative and low-cost construction techniques in order to replace this temporary school with built structures. One of the most important aspects of this competition is to inspire people so they can build their own houses using the same technique once the construction of the school has finished.

The new school will need 7 classrooms, a library, two offices, and latrines. In addition, each contestant can optionally include a canteen, an orchard and a small corral in the facility. See more detailed information in the briefing of the competition.


  • 1st place – 6.000€ + Project Construction
  • 2nd place – 2.000€
  • 3rd place – 1.000€
  • 2x Special Honorable Mention – 500€
  • 10x Honorable Mentions
  • +Possible volunteer experience in the school construction


  • August 5, 2020 – September 2, 2020: Early Registration Period
  • September 3, 2020 – September 30, 2020: Regular Registration Period
  • October 1, 2020 – October 28, 2020: Advanced Registration Period
  • October 29, 2020 – November 25, 2020: Late Registration Period
  • November 25, 2020: Submission Deadline
  • December 22, 2020: Winners Announced

Download the information related to this competition here.

  • Title

    Senegal Elementary School Competition: Sambou Toura Drame
  • Type

    Competition Announcement (Built Projects & Masterplans)
  • Website

  • Organizers

  • Registration Deadline

    November 25, 2020 11:30 PM
  • Submission Deadline

    November 25, 2020 11:30 PM
  • Venue

    Marsassoum, Senegal
  • Price


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