The LMPG II was a cooperation between the GUC Architecture and Urban Design Program / baladilab with the University of Siegen, Faculty of Educational Science, and UNHCR.
The Winter School aimed at improving the courtyards of two schools in Cairo, Asmaa Bint Bakr School in New Cairo and in the Shagarat Al Durr School in Islamic Cairo. The two schools are very different, the Asmaa Bint Bakr School is a big primary + secondary school, with around 5000 children, settled in a new district on the fringe of Great Cairo. The area was chosen in cooperation with UNHCR because of the high density of Syrian refugees. The Schoolbuilding is a standardized concrete building, with an empty courtyard, partially paved.
The Shagarat Al Durr School in Islamic Cairo is a smaller primary school, with around 400 pupils, situated in the heart of Islamic Cairo, in front of the very famous Mosque of Ibn Tulun. The Schoolbuilding is also a standardized concrete building, the courtyard is totally paved. The ground floor is not used because of the groundwater.
For 12 days, 36 students from Egypt and Germany worked together with the children, teachers of the schools and the team, to find out how to translate the dreams of the children in playing elements.
The project was fully financed by the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the DAAD – German Academic Exchange Service.