Lagos Adopts Shipping Containers in Modular Building Designs for Public Schools

As reported by the Guardian, the Lagos State Government has introduced modular building systems using shipping containers to deploy new public school buildings, which will serve as a faster way of delivering classroom infrastructure.

The modular school system is an initiative, which involves creating technology-enabled schools from the scratch using shipping containers that have all the equipment needed for learning in the 21st century. Modular classrooms/buildings are fitted with interactive information technology needed for learning, delivers safe, comfortable and eco-friendly structures. The system utilises environment-friendly materials for flooring, roofing, walls and paints.

The ongoing modular containerised facility in Vetland Junior Grammer School in Agege council, Lagos
The ongoing modular containerised facility in Vetland Junior Grammer School in Agege council, Lagos

The Guardian learnt that the delivery of school buildings through modular system could take up to six months or less, offers flexibility for future up-grading, easy procurement process. The structure comes in form of a storey building with the ground floor and first floor and could also consist, ground, first and second floors. Currently, the modular school building, consisting of shipping containers is being deployed at Vetland Junior Grammar School located in Agege.

The modular school system is planned for the state’s six educational districts. It is not like the conventional schools. What I mean is the brick and mortar school buildings, which are cement, block and concrete. We have seen the urgency and the need to quickly improve on the delivery of classrooms since we have noticed that majority of the schools have inadequate classroom blocks. The innovation would enhance visual learning in schools.

Mr. Hakeem Smith, Chairman of the Special Committee on Rehabilitation of Public School (SCRPS)

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