A floating school proposed for Nigeria water slum

AP News
Posted: Sep 27, 2012 12:32 PM

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — An architect is proposing that a floating school be built in an iconic waterfront slum in Nigeria's largest city.

Kunle Adeyemi says the school, built on platforms that float on empty barrels, would be perfect for the Makoko slum in Lagos. He says the platforms would be lashed together to support a three-story structure capable of holding 100 people.

Adeyemi says a floating school, rather than one built on stilts, would help the school stay afloat as water levels rise in the Lagos Lagoon.

Makoko is home to about 100,000 people, a slum on the Lagos Lagoon that can be seen prominently from the city's long Third Mainland Bridge. Recently, government officials razed homes there, putting residents on edge that officials may try to destroy the entire slum.