In my new neighbourhood you find the old building in the photo above. It used to be a school, once an important hub for the surrounding villages. It tells a story of regional policy and of the way the infrastructure was thought of in years gone by. I don't know how old this building is, but I would guess that is approaching one hundred years. Back then this area was "far out in the country".
The old school is a telling tale of our changed society. The school was the local school for the surrounding villages. It might seem strange to place a schoolbuilding in the middle of nowhere, but there was a thought behind it. At least in the early days, the children walked to school and the school was strategicaly placed here so that it was equally far to walk from the villages.
|The stairs are leading to the playground. Once upon a time children played football out here in their breaks, now nature is taking it back.|
I know that it stopped being used as a school around 1980. Already then the population in the area was rapidly rising and new schools where needed. For a while it was used as a kindergarden, than as a youthclub untill it was just left there and is now so run down that it is dangerous to enter it. We didn't need it anymore in our modern, affluent society.
A rock in the middle of the road at the old gate says a lot. Do not enter. Soon the old school will be torn down. Residential blocks and other modern houses are approaching rapidly, and the development of this area will continue. No traces will remain of what was once a very important part of this community, back when it was a small community where everybody knew everybody. I wonder how many of my neighbours I will get to know?