Project N. 6/49   India, 2015

Innovative School Projects for Mambakkam

Latest educational project launched in Mambakkam, Tamil Nadu

This new education project will see an innovative secondary school built in the rural area of Mambakkam. Due for completion in 2017 it will replace the existing Amala Annai High School. The existing school has struggled to maintain its decrepit buildings and to provide an adequate education for children from the local villages and hamlets. The new higher secondary school will provide education in first class facilities and surroundings. It will provide opportunities and access to 800 children aged between 11-18yrs.

In addition, a new infant and junior school has been built; St. Mary’s Primary School opened in February 2016. The original dilapidated and distressed school has been demolished. It provides schooling in an improved and appropriate environment for nearly 450 children aged between 3-10yrs.

Construction and redevelopment work commenced in 2015 on both projects and has contracted the local workforce providing much-needed employment; many of the workers are parents of children already in attendance at both schools. Local materials have also been used in the bricklaying and building works.



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  • Existing state of Amala Annai Sec. School
  • The poor conditions of St Mary's Primary School's in 2014 before its demolition
  • Classroom conditions of St Mary's Primary School in 2014
  • Pupils in a classroom of Amala Annai Sec. School (2015)
  • Laying the first stone ceremony for the rebuild of St. Mary's Primary School, spring 2015
  • Reconstruction of St Mary's Primary School (spring 2015)
  • Foundation team visiting site of new Primary School (autumn 2015)
  • Foundation in discussion with the project architect Mr Sagayados
  • Utilising locally sourced bricks for build of Primary School
  • A future classroom on ground level
  • A future classroom entrance way
  • Work in progress on the new St. Mary's Primary School (autumn 2015)
  • Temporary purpose-built building for the infants of the Primary School to allow continued education
  • Undeveloped site for the new Secondary School (2014)
  • Overview of site build for Amala Anai Sec. School
  • Work progressing on the new Secondary School (autumn 2015)
  • Construction of classroom areas
  • Second level under construction
  • Work underway
  • In discussion with project architect, Mr Sagayados
  • Local construction worker and son, pupil at St. Mary's Primary School
  • Local female labourer and son, pupil at Amala Anai Sec. School
  • Local children playing in front of their future school
  • Building site, March 2017