The Fair Trek handmade school… ecological, green and fun at the same time!
Other communities need your help to build a school, please support us…you can make a change!
The clay school project in Naluang Village has completed!!
The Clay School Project has become a key activity and focus of Fair Trek initiatives of Tiger Trail, who has been operating projects to benefit locals through tourism for over 10 years.
Cooperation with local communities reveals that education for their children is always a top priority of their future developmental plans. This encourages us to step beyond our core business! We would like to help the locals improve educational facilities, while promoting a meaningful way of travel to our guests. We therefore believe that the Clay School Project will benefit visitors and the community alike.
After working with our partner communities for a few years, alternative income generated from visitors are invested in the Village Fund.
During the Clay School Project, the fund was collected and used for preparations for construction of a school. The only school in these villages is a small bamboo hut which can host and teach only small children, aged between 4-8 years. The older ones have to walk for almost two hours to the nearest secondary school available. The teachers sometimes are a member of this community or are supplied by district governments. As such, the future of these children is undermined by the insufficiency of education and facilities.
Clay, mud or adobe buildings have a long tradition in many countries and regions, such as China, Africa and Arabic countries. Today, this conventional technology is rediscovered as a cheap, simple, ecological and sustainable way of construction. It is also widely applied in modern architecture due to its free-shape feature.
The advantages of clay are amazingly diverse! First and most important, clay construction fits all types of budgeting. It can be very cheap or expensive depending on materials used as well as logistics and cost of labour/helpers. The more material is found and used onsite, the lower the cost will be. Generally, clay construction costs one third less than concrete construction. Secondly, clay walls help control humidity levels, as well as insulate heat and sound inside. Thirdly and most importantly, clay is natural and has no artificial or chemical substances which might cause headaches, eye, nose, and throat irritations. Lastly and consequently, everyone can get involved in a clay construction project, unlike a cement one which requires skillful persons in every process of construction.
Who will build the Clay School(s)?
Volunteers, Students, School Classes are welcome…
When a project is active, anyone can come and help build!
With skilled supervision, one can learn on the job, meaning that training and building happens at the same time. It’s almost like a workshop while doing good for a great aim. There are plenty of tasks suitable for everyone; kids or grownups, men or women, skilled or unskilled. The idea being that the communities can build their own schools.
Voluntourism is another source of labor. Growth in voluntourism, a combination of volunteering and tourism, has been recognized worldwide.
Tiger Trail has managed and organized school trips with students who volunteer to contribute in the project. As a local project and tourism operator, we hope to find more school, universities, and organizations who will join into the Clay School Project with their guests, volunteers or students.
To help build the schools or get involved in any possible ways, please contact us
See… The Clay School Project: First Phase Completed!, updated September 2011