NMMU interior design students revamp primary school

JUNE 22, 2016

Elukholweni Farm School in Seaview has two brand new classrooms, thanks to the efforts of second-year interior design students at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.

They also revamped two bathrooms and a kitchen at the school. It is the second year in a row the second-year group has selected Elukholweni Farm School for their community project, which is a prerequisite of the interior design qualification. Last year’s group designed a crèche for the school.

The principal of the school, Lungi Booi, said she was grateful for the students’ continuous contributions to elevate their school.

“We rely solely on donations to keep the school running. I would like to thank the students for a stellar job on the classrooms; NMMU’s involvement has been very helpful.”

This year’s class transformed two shipping containers into grade two and three classrooms for the Farm School. With the assistance of Wouter van der Westhuizen from Chris Howes Construction, they managed to make their project a success.

The students’ designs incorporated both the ideas of educational and physical growth through the representation of vertical shapes and lines within their designs. They chose a colour palette that was energetic, stimulating, and slightly muted to aid concentration and provide an overall educational experience.

According to interior design student Sarah Jorgensen, the classrooms are sustainable – they have concrete floors and dry walling.

“Our aim was to create an environment that was stimulating and conducive to a productive and great learning experience, which is why we also redesigned the two bathrooms and kitchen, which were in a very poor condition.”

The students had no resources or budget for this project. To make it possible they had to ask individuals and companies for sponsorship.

“A generous lady by the name of Michele Kremer participated in the Ironman race and donated half of the funds she raised to this project. Other people who financially supported us were Leandra Steele and Scott Bader,” she said.

The students also received sponsorships from Coca-Cola, Plascon, Pick ‘n Pay, Websters Flooring, Wave Lengths Construction, Pearson High School, Collegiate Girls’ High School, Ambilube, Keypak and Earthcote.

“Even though we faced many challenges in the process of completing this project, I felt that all the hardships were worth it when I saw how appreciative of our efforts the teachers were. It was evident that the teachers of Elukholweni Farm School are passionate about their learners and teaching,” said Jorgensen.