15 March 2017

The Learning Village: Building Connections, Empowering Change

Philip Idle is honoured to have been selected to present at the 2017 A4LE Southern Region Annual Conference next month in New Orleans. The Association for Learning Environments is a global non-profit association whose sole mission is improving the places where children learn. Philip will have the opportunity to share the inspiring story of how a group of architects and teachers worked towards a 'Learning Village' concept in the African village of Matipwili in a remote region of Tanzania.

The session will take delegates through a workshop derived from the Matipwili experience. Bringing educators and designers together, they will explore developing quick ideas with limited resources, and communicating them using visual and physical techniques with limited dialogue.

Philip will share how they overcame language (Swahili) and cultural (Muslim) differences, as well as devising quick design solutions for the building challenges they faced. Philip will also share how the group continues to engage with the Matipwili community following the principles of - Building Capacity - Empowering Access - Sustaining Relationships - Learning for Living - Preserving Culture - Designing with the Vernacular. For more information regarding the conference please click here.

When we build relationships and are empowered by a powerful empathetic process, creative ideas can be prototyped in a spirit of trust and with great passion.