Learning center

Kurandza: a center of learning in Mozambique

Kurandza: a center of learning in Mozambique

Archstorming’s new competition takes us to Mozambique, a country marked by a large number of long-lasting challenges. Although there has been a substantial increase in household income, more than two-thirds of the population still live below the poverty line.
This sub-Saharan African country is ranked 139th out of 159 countries according to the UNDP gender inequality index. Women are exposed to threats of disease, discrimination and violence.
About 94% of Mozambican girls are enrolled in primary school, but despite this high number, only 11% of girls continue to study in secondary schools. As girls get older, they face an increasing domestic workload and more responsibilities. Many girls have no choice but to stay home to do chores or work to support their families. Teenage pregnancies turn out to be one of the main reasons why girls drop out of school early. 30 to 40% of girls are pregnant before the age of 18. Caring for a child, working and doing household chores can be overwhelming and don’t leave time for these girls to go to school.

In this competition, we are partnering with Kurandza, an NGO committed to providing these girls with a safe space where they can study and become the next generation of female leaders.


This competition calls for proposals for the design of a new learning center for the NGO Kurandza. Kurandza is dedicated to ensuring that girls and women in their community can complete their education and are not forced to drop out of school prematurely.

To accomplish this mission, they are building a new learning center where girls can feel safe and comfortable, a place where they can learn, play, run and discover.
The architecture must provide them with a dynamic place where they can interact with each other and with the environment around them. The projects must use locally sourced materials, easy-to-build construction systems and be energy self-sufficient. They must be respectful of local traditions and nature.

The curriculum of the new learning center will be similar to that of a regular school. The aim of this competition is to create modular spaces that can change function if necessary.
The new learning center will include three classrooms, a kitchen, a multipurpose room, a nursery, an office, a storage room and a bathroom. Outside, the learning center will contain a space for sports and outdoor activities, a space for a playground for girls, which will encourage them to engage in physical activities.


1st place – 6.000€ + Construction of the project
2nd place – 2.000€
3rd place – 1.000€
2x Honorable Mention – 500€
10x honorable mentions

An official competition book with the participants’ projects will be published. A free copy will be given to all winners and honorable mentions.


June 1, 2022 – June 29, 2022: Early bird registration period
June 30, 2022 – July 27, 2022: Regular registration period
July 28, 2022 – August 24, 2022: advanced registration period
August 25, 2022 – September 14, 2022: late registration period
September 14, 2022: Deadline for submission
October 11, 2022: Announcement of winners

Download the information about this competition here.

  • Title

    Kurandza: a center of learning in Mozambique

  • Type

    Announcement of competition (built projects and master plans)

  • Organizers

  • Registration deadline

    September 14, 2022 11:30 p.m.

  • Submission deadline

    September 14, 2022 11:30 p.m.

  • Venue


  • Price


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