THE NLEP FOUNDATION E-LIBRARY
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THE NLEP FOUNDATION E-LIBRARY. In 2016 the NLEP Foundation launched an initiative to give access to IT tools to teens and young adults, in particular orphans, by providing premises, computers, tablets and free internet connection. Globally Africa still remain back in many fields. The previous ten years saw Africa stepped up rapidly in many ways. Things are changing. Africa has one of the most growth worldwide in various fields this last five years. That why the NLEP Foundation willing to be involve on changes in Africa. His goal in short term period is to build an E-Library in Cameroon to see African youth potential merge. In a long term period, this program should be expand in many countries in Africa. “E-library” is a social and design response of some life challenges helping populations to throw blackness out of their future. The majority of population is dismissed of various opportunities due to lack of education or information. This act might be a growing mind symbol in Africa. THE DESIGN PROCESS First of all I started to set in my own words what an “E-Library” is. For me it means “Connect to learn” in addition to “Read to learn” of traditional library. The “E-library” scales access to IT education A traditional libraries are Book Boxes. The NLEP Foundation “E-Library” project is an “Open Book” concept. The design started by pinpointing space needed that make up a good social environment and shaping each in exciting and stimulating ways for users. Those spaces which are carefully organized allow a full use of the complex. The “E-Library” is made up of spaces accessing to information, working and reading. Shapes, light and outdoor spaces give users an inspiring experience. The project schedule staggered in three-block volumes housing two Numerical spaces, an Auditorium in the main block, Administration Office, rental spaces as office and meeting rooms, server room in the second block and a housing office in the third block shaped as part of global design. Shapes of the future building are simple based on wood frame generating structured grid of each block. The choice of wood trusses as frame make Blocks organization flexible and wildly open. Auditorium and rentals spaces are designed as autonomous. People might rent and use them during closed hours for their business. This spatial organization will partially help to self-manage the E-Library. Grants will also be part of operating budget. The overall picture of this project is that Human been is as a book that you should open to figure out what is wrote inside. Give a shot to whom doesn’t have opportunities. Give them possibilities to open, read and understand a “book” back then they should build and write their own history. The NLEP Foundation isn’t just a building but a window towards future with unblurred vision of life or non-virtual. I call that “HOPENEXT”.