The São Tomé Project
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University Engagement in São Tomé Africa



São Tomé locationIn São Tomé, West Africa the University of Illinois is initiating projects which are strengthening democratic institutions by promoting uncensored access to information. It is assisting in infrastructure development which will enhance the economy and supports social institutions. The university is also projecting a positive image of American citizenship and education through service learning. By examining the work conducted to date and looking toward the future, it becomes clear how the model of interdisciplinary service learning can expose students to the benefits of working with other disciplines on a broad but single project and witness how their activities enhance the growth of a developing country.


Below are updates from the different São Tomé projects currently in action:

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General Updates:

View completed products from the 2009-2010 school year

Prof. Lynne Dearborn and Architecture students, in partnership with STeP UP, created designs for the Sao Tome and Principe Appropriate Technology School. The Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe faces significant and unique development challenges. In response to these challenges, STeP UP is developing an Appropriate Technology School (ATS). The use of appropriate technology is identified as an effective mechanism for building critical human capital and promoting ‘sustainable economic development.’ The principles guiding the development of the ATS include: identifying and applying practical solutions to social problems, combining innovation, resourcefulness, and opportunity, and focusing on social value creation. The educational program at ATS is conceived to transfer appropriate skills to the people of São Tomé and Príncipe, so that they can develop themselves in a direction the will most benefit the country’s future. The ATS will build the country’s human capital by increasing the number of citizens who have skills and knowledge appropriate to their needs and limitations. This will help these citizens to lift themselves and others out of poverty through increasing employment and income-generating opportunities. Once fully operational, the ATS will disseminate knowledge and skills relating to technologies in the following sectors: information and communication technology, alternative energy, health and sanitation, water quality, agriculture, aquaculture/fisheries, environmental resource awareness/management and languages. See their completed designs here:
Sao Tome and Principe Appropriate Technology School Proposal (2010)

Prof. Laura Lawson and Landscape Architecture students created designs for Sao Tome's Independent Plaza and Waterfront. Students met with community members and leaders in Sao Tome to discuss the use of the space, and the needs and desires of the stakeholders. See their completed designs here:
Student Designs for Sao Tome's Independence Plaza and Waterfront (2010)

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