"Ithuba" is a word in Zulu meaning „chance“. Ithuba is also the name of a small „school town“ established by Christoph Chorherr’s sponsoring association s2arch – Association for social and sustainable architecture in a township near Johannesburg in 2008 and in 2010 at the Wild Coast, expanding ever since. The aim of the initiative is to provide education for children in townships and thereby breaking the cycle of poverty and violence.

The association‘s goal is realised by providing construction ground as well as building and operating schools in co-operation with architecture faculties of European universities. Our approach: Students of architecture faculties plan school buildings and travel to South Africa to build these schools together with the local population. Meanwhile, more than 10 architecture faculties have built schools for more than 300 children. Our vision: „build together, learn together.“

The name „social and sustainable architecture“ speaks for itself: social in the sense of promoting solidarity, sustainable meaning in line with ecological principles as well as providing benefits in the long run: a building for learning and thereby guiding the students on their way to autonomy.