Etania green school: a prototype school for 350 children of migrant workers


Under construction in 2016


Beaufort, Sabah, Malaysia


350 stateless children ages 5 to 13 years


Matakana Educational Consulting, Triton, Architecture BRIO


Potential for impact
In Sabah, on the Malaysian island of Borneo, there are 50,000 stateless children who have become marginalised and have no access to education due to their migrant status. These are children of illegal or legal Indonesian migrant labourers who come to Sabah to seek work at plantations for a better life.


A lightweight module for a classroom was designed which would float over shipping containers, serve as foundations and, house storage and services. Classrooms will be well protected from any flooding and will be naturally cool by capturing the breeze. The building’s openness and integration with the site will create new learning opportunities for the students.


30 schools across the island of Sabah are planned to be built within the next 10 years.