Marua A Pula School, Gabarone, Botswana

Marua A Pula School, Gabarone, Botswana

Established in the early 1970’s as a model of non-racial education in Southern Africa, Maru a Pula is a coed, independent day and boarding secondary school supported by private donations and has become one of Africa’s premier academic institutions.

The planning, layout and design of the campus was focused on creating a learning community where children from different socio-economic backgrounds would be able to live and study in a “learning village” which includes staff and faculty, all within a walk-able campus. Priority was given to efficient and economical yet elegant buildings, where ease of construction, use of local materials and a long life – low energy approach were design determinants, ensuring that the bulk of the initial financial resources were spent on scholarships, student life and staff recruitment rather than on bricks and mortar.