Growing up on a continent where education is a major social issue, I have embarked on a mission to find a possible solution through Design as a discipline. I found abundant proof in my research that there is in general a drastic desk shortage in (especially the rural and lower income) schools, play schools, libraries etc. throughout South Africa and Africa as a continent.
My vision is to provide these problem areas with the multi-functional children’s table/desk, named “Baja” that I have designed. (“Baja” is a play on the word “baie”, meaning “many” or “plentiful” in the Afrikaans language, one of the 11 official languages of South Africa.)
This table is targeted to develop the needs of children, 3-12 years of age to stimulate their cognitive and motor skills. The table will foster their own creativity and will develop social interaction, as it seats up to four children.
The design of the table allows it to grow with the child, as it becomes a personal workspace.
The table is very light, weighing less than 4 kilograms. It is easy to assemble and disassemble as it consists of only six pieces that easily slot together, making it convenient for storage and transport. The two holes in the tabletop allow for containers that can safely hold cool drinks, water, chalk, game pieces etc. The color application, yellow, red, blue and green, is designed that it is optional or four times interchangeable.
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