Photo Essay: When A School Is An Architectural Marvel
A school at a village in Jaisalmer, is turning heads as much for its architecture as its mission to educate girls
Kuldeep Chhangani 28 Aug 2023 9:33 AM GMT
An oval-shaped building in Kanoi village in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan is an architectural marvel built with traditional wisdom.
This is the Rajkumari Ratnavati Girls High School — situated in the Thar desert and is said to withstand temperatures up to 50 degrees Celsius due to its unique design. The school, located 37 kilometres away from Jaisalmer city in Rajasthan educates 140 girls from the neighbouring villages with low literacy and also provides them with healthy meals.
Designed by American architect, Diana Kellog, the structure has been built using locally available sandstone by the masons and carpenters from the local communities.
It was conceptualised by Michael Daube, founder of an American non-profit CITTA, that provides women and girls from marginalised communities education and means of economic independence. It began functioning in July 2021 and is funded by CITTA, providing free education for the students who are also given free books, uniform and transport, besides food.