National Kindergarten School Design Review

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Key Information

To date, Sabre has built 18 child-centred kindergarten schools in Ghana. In parallel to our work, the government’s Fund & Procurement Management Unit (FPMU) implements school building projects, and maintains a repository of blue-prints for different school levels in the Ghana Education Sector.

As Sabre and the FPMU continue to design and build school structures, best practice and the consistency of school design is critical to ensure children across Ghana have equal access to fit for purpose schools. Together, Sabre and the FPMU aim to pool their knowledge and expertise to agree an optimal school design model.

In 2019, Sabre Education signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the FPMU to co-create a new cost-effective, child-friendly kindergarten school design with the ultimate aim of national roll-out.

Upgrading school infrastructure , especially for the kindergarten level, is closely linked with the objectives of the 2012 National KG Operational Plan, as well as goal 4.a of the Sustainable Development Goals; “Build, and upgrade education facilities that are child, disability, and gender sensitive and provide safe, non-violent, inclusive and effective learning environments for all”.

The key objectives of this partnership are:

  1. Ascertain the performance of kindergartens constructed in the last four years (for both Sabre & FPMU projects)
  2. Develop a ‘Lessons Learnt’ document to inform an upgrade of existing design(s)
  3. Develop a new kindergarten design blueprint that has the following characteristics
    1. Responds positively to teaching and learning needs at the kindergarten level
    2. Responds positively to the environment
    3. Is cost effective
    4. Includes sustainable systems
    5. Results in low maintenance cost (post-construction)
  4. Build a prototype kindergarten based on the new design

Lead Implementing Organization(s)


Sub-Saharan Africa


Activity URL

Not applicable or unknown

Government Affiliation



2021 - 2023


Ghana Ministry of Education (Fund & Procurement Management Unit)

Ministry Affiliation



Shanley Charitable Trust

COVID-19 Response

Not changed

Geographic Scope


Areas of Work Back to Top

Education areas


  • Early childhood development


  • School facilities
  • School quality

Cross-cutting areas

  • No additional topics

Program participants

Target Audience(s)

Boys in school, Girls in school, Youth


4 - 6

School Enrolment Status

All in school

School Level

  • Pre-school

Other populations reached

  • School administrators
  • Teachers - female
  • Teachers - male

Participants include

  • N/A

Program Approaches Back to Top

Facilities construction/improvement

  • Construction/improvement of classrooms
  • Construction/improvement of schools

Policy/legal environment

  • Advocating changes to existing laws/policies

Water and sanitation

  • Construction/improvement of sex-specific toilets
  • Construction/improvement of toilets (combined use)

Program Goals Back to Top

Education goals

  • Improved academic skills (literacy and numeracy)
  • Improved critical thinking
  • Improved social and emotional learning/skills and mindsets

Cross-cutting goals

  • Other

Additional Information Back to Top

Primary Contact

Sabre Education