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Mere Naleba
Thursday, January 23, 2014

SINCE its inception in 2008, Basden College located in Nasinu will soon be opening its door to Year 13 (Form 7) students.

One thing that sets this secondary school apart from all the other secondary schools in the country is that its Year 13 classrooms are built from shipping containers.

Principal of the school Mika Mudreilagi said the school management purchased six containers which would be converted to house the school's first ever Year 13 level, first home economics room, a mini staff room, storage room and a welding port.

Mr Mudreilagi said the school's contractor, Hope Fiji Construction Company, had come up with the plan to convert shipping containers to classrooms which worked well to their advantage, as they were late in trying to construct a Year 13 building.

"We wanted to start Form Seven this year, in accordance to the plans of the Ministry of Education to have a Form Seven level last year," Mr Mudreilagi said.

"In fact using containers as classrooms is cost effective, affordable and innovative.

"In overseas countries, container architecture is also known as green construction, as we do not use timber therefore decreasing the pressure on cutting trees to meet the demand for timber.

"The key to this green construction is the recycling concept."

Mr Mudreilagi said with Year 13 expected to begin in the third week of school, so far about 10 students had shown interest in becoming pioneers of the class at the school.

Hope Fiji's managing director Wade Evans said two 12-metre long containers would be combined and converted into three buildings.

"The container classrooms can cater for 35 students," he said.

"The advantages of having these types of buildings are that they are cyclone proof and very cheap and affordable".





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