During the construction of CEM KAMANAR, we realised there was a certain lack of knowledge of the elementary professionals relating to the main economic activities of the Casamance surroundings. Therefore, there wasn’t knowledge transmission towards new apprentices: the young. This results in lack of opportunities and encourages emigration to the large cities or to Europe, stagnating the economies in the vicinity. The main objective is to generate local economies and, if possible circular ones, by implementing new, innovative projects in the area that promote the creation of family businesses, generating small business that stimulate the local economy.
The project is being developed by the dawoffice studio, and is presented with the same management structure as CEM KAMANAR. The name Bajankusoor for the trade school project arose from the name of a place where, traditionally, local sages from these southern areas of Senegal would sit to contemplate, discuss and take decisions that would underpin the course of society. It is the forum of the village or group of villages.
The project is based on a central common space, that underpins the common practices of all the training workshops; the Bajankusoor space. In a radial way, this space serves as a central platform for the different educational developments of the centre.
The Agora is a focal synthesis point for the project, where there is a merging between the technical and the artistic, what is learned and what is offered to others. It is understood as a multidiscipline area, where acquired knowledge and available tools in the workshops converge. It will serve, in turn, as an exhibition area, a confluence of what has been generated both in the different workshops and in this multipurpose room.
Circumscribing the Agora, the different workshops develop: Earth, Wood, Metal, Electro-Mechanical, Textile, and Nutrition. Each of them is equipped with the necessary materials to develop education, and with space needs suitable for the activities being developed.
Lastly, a common block has been planned that will have the following needs programme, and that will complement the suitable operation of the training centre:
1. Theoretical classes. Support elements to the training imparted in the workshop. They are designed as independent spaces that have the possibility to be joined together in a single space.
2. Computer room. Also a support area, but in this case with computers for the students.
3. Administration area. This space has an independent area for managing the centre, and a work area for the administrative staff.
4. Installations. A collective services/installations area has been planned, with all the necessary elements for the distribution of the resources obtained through renewable energy collection.
5. Teacher Space. A common area is reserved for the teaching staff, to organise and prepare their work and meetings, and to relax between lessons and/or workshops.
6. Toilets. The toilet area is divided between male and female, with a separate area for teachers.
7. Changing rooms. The changing rooms are the transition area for the students, between the village and the centre. The student goes there to dress appropriately for the corresponding course, and there are lockers where objects can be stored.