Better Shelters in Education: modular shelters for education around the world

The Better Shelter is a modular temporary shelter unit, designed to allow for alterations and adaptations for different areas of use. Since 2015, we have delivered over 65,000 shelters to over 70 countries. Most of our shelters have served as temporary shelters to house communities displaced by conflict, climate change and other factors such as homelessness.  

In recent projects, humanitarian and partner agencies have begun to repurpose the Better Shelter as classrooms, libraries, child-friendly spaces, to benefit the children and teenagers present in camps and reception centres. Moreover, Better Shelters have been used as temporary classrooms for adults enabling specialization courses to be delivered anywhere.

Check out the blog post below to see some cases in which Better Shelters were been used in education projects around the world and see the amazing work our partners have accomplished. 


Implementing organization: Terre des Hommes 

Terre des Hommes, in agreement with the Ministry of Education and the Education Cluster, implemented Better Shelter units in the Sad and Kirkuk governorates in Iraq, to serve as temporary classrooms. The implementation commenced in September 2018.  

© Terre des Hommes 


Implementing organizations: Wahana Visi Indonesia (WVI), Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) 

Responding to a series of earthquakes and several aftershocks outside the Indonesian island Lombok in July and August 2018, IKEA Indonesia donated Better Shelters to WVI and ACT. The units, installed in Pengembulk, were used as learning centres for children where both WVI and ACT carried out a variety of trauma-relief and psychosocial activities. Additional centres in other locations across Lombok were estimated to be installed. 

© Wahana Visi Indonesia (WVI)


Implementing organizations: UNHCR Brasil, AVSI Brasil 

AVSI Brasil manages 8 out of the 14 reception centres in the northern state of Roraima, Brazil, designated as reception and collective shelter centres for Venezuelan migrants in the country. UNHCR and AVSI Brazil have deployed Better Shelter units as temporary houses for migrant families.  

More recently, the Better Shelters have been used as classrooms, libraries and other educational spaces, for the youth in the camps. In Rondon 1, one of the collective shelters managed by AVSI Brasil, Better Shelters have been used as a library to accommodate classes and resources for the children and teenagers in the shelter.  

© AVSI Brasil / Graziela Camargo 


Implementing organization: Bonyan Organization

Bonyan Organization recently concluded the project “Leader Teacher for Educational Groups 2” which consists of Better Shelters as temporary classrooms. This project undertaken by Bonyan in Idlib aims to benefit 6,250 male and female students in the IDP camps and provide employment opportunities to 300 teachers in the area to run the schools. 

© Bonyan Organization


Implementing organizations: CodersTrust and UNDP

In 2017, UNDP and Coders Trust Bangladesh partnered to launch the “Yes Project”  in which they train low-income students in computer knowledge. The Better Shelters were used as classrooms and computer labs outside the headquarters of Coders Trust in Dhaka. 

© Coders Trust Bangladesh

A big thank you to the organizations and individuals involved in ensuring safe educational spaces for children and teenagers in displacement. 

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