The Fass School wins an Architizer A+ award
Sep 04, 2020

The Fass School, which is the first to bring elementary education to a region where, for years, students received only Quranic instruction, has been awarded the jury’s pick in Architizer’s A+ Awards for the category of “Institutional: Primary and High Schools.” The awards are one of the largest forums for celebrating the year’s best architecture and promoting the importance of meaningful buildings.

This school, designed by Toshiko Mori Architect, is one of Le Korsa’s major projects, and the result of years of work with our partner Dr. Magueye Ba and the religious authorities of Medina Gounass, who govern the region. Together, we developed a model based on Senegal’s écoles franco-arabes, which allows Fass’s children to gain basic elementary education while simultaneously receiving traditional religious instruction.

Toshiko Mori’s design for the school building features open brickwork, a central courtyard, and progressively higher-ceilinged classrooms that give students a sense of their achievement as they advance through upper grades.

Since it opened in 2019, the school has increased its enrollment to over 200 girls and boys, and we are currently working with the administration in the village to hire more teachers. If you would like to support teachers’ salaries or school supplies, please join us by making a donation.

You can also read more about the project in a recent feature at designboom.