Twenty eco schools are planned for the Gaza Strip, where sustained conflict and occupation has strained the economy and increased energy prices.
The schools are designed to be resource-efficient, which is key for a region with low accessibility to resources. They will run on solar and geothermal power, with traditional islamic features, such as mashrabiya screens, as well as rainwater harvesting and greywater recycling systems.
These schools will be a welcome addition in an area where over half the population is under 25 years of age. However, the price tag is steep, at $2 million per school. Fortunately, the plans are expected to come to fruition through a partnership with the UN Relief and Works Agency, pro bono services from Italian green architect Mario Cucinella, and funding from the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development. The idea behind the project is to create more sustainable means of improving well-being and independence for the residents.