For those who love to read and study, any place can be good to read and learn. They might argue that the space you are in does not matter, that knowledge is immaterial, that the physical context is secondary, and that what is important is to concentrate in what you are reading. But if we refer to the reality of educational systems, it is found that having good and healthy surrounding it an integral part in good academic results. In other words, the conditions of the schools directly impact the performance of the students.
There is strong evidence that high-quality infrastructure facilitates better instruction, improves student outcomes, and reduces dropout rates, among other benefits. The redesigning of educational infrastructure should focus on the comfort of the students and the teachers, creating spaces for development of rehearsals and practises and spaces for development of talent and culture. For example, a recent study has proved that environmental elements of school infrastructure together explained 16 percent of variation in primary students’ academic progress. This research shows that the design of education infrastructure affects learning through three interrelated factors: naturalness (e.g. light, air quality), stimulation (e.g. complexity) and individualization (e.g. flexibility of the learning space).
Educational infrastructure has vital impact on the impact of learning. The various impacts of the infrastructure are on: – attendance and completion of academic cycles, teacher motivation and learning results. The consequences of a lack of decent services and buildings should be obvious– if a child is not safe in a classroom, they will not be able to learn as well. If there is no access to a system for sanitary waste and no way to stay warm, both teachers and students will not feel the classroom is a positive learning environment and will suffer. And if a building isn’t sturdy, it can be destroyed by a natural disaster and leave the community without a school. A lacking standardized curriculum poses a less obvious consequence, but a large one nonetheless. Not having a curriculum to give teachers to teach by leaves the teachers completely unsupported. They may not know the best way to teach and thus the students suffer.
Rivera explains “To optimize investments in education it is essential for authorities to observe the significant role of infrastructure interacting with other essential educational inputs to be able to undertake comprehensive proposals that together, improve the quality of education, thus promoting greater equality of opportunities and contribute to reduce inequalities and advance toward a real productive transformation in the region”.