ERIC Number: EJ759555
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Sep-7
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Johnston, Robert C.
Education Week, v25 n2 p36-40 Sep 2005
During a volunteer stint on a hydroelectric-power project in the mountains of Honduras in 1996, William DeJong began "the walk." As the president of DeJong Inc., one of the top school facility planners in the United States, he wanted to study the conditions of schools in the rugged Central American countryside far from his home in Dublin, Ohio. Walking along dirt roads deeply creased by heavy rains and little upkeep, DeJong arrived at the primary school in the village of Canchias. Compared with the sprawling, modern schools he helps plan in the United States, this was a sad relic: a one-room adobe building with a sagging tile roof and a single window. The decrepit building that DeJong spotted in Honduras has led him to blueprint for better facilities. In this article, the author discusses the school-facility master plan for Honduran school facilities that included structural guidelines and an inventory of facility needs that could be linked to the nation's goals of increasing enrollment and raising academic standards. The plan contains suggested dimensions for classrooms, schematics for community centers, libraries, and offices that are shaping school-design decisions in Honduras.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Latin Americans, Educational Facilities, Academic Standards, Master Plans, Community Centers, Educational Facilities Planning, School Community Relationship, Enrollment, Developing Nations, Facility Inventory, Needs Assessment, Nongovernmental Organizations, Partnerships in Education
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Identifiers - Location: Honduras; Ohio; United States