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published: 2018-10-11 09:05, mlan
Włodzimierz Paszyński, Deputy Mayor of Warsaw. fot. Włodzimierz Paszyński, Deputy Mayor of Warsaw.

The City of Warsaw has begun the pilot project of acoustic upgrading of the city's schools. The aim is to improve studying comfort for learners and work conditions for teachers. Nine schools have joined the project.

With a view to improve the comfort of students and teachers, Warsaw’s authorities are launching a school modernisation project aimed at soundproofing corridors, gyms, common rooms and improving the acoustics of classrooms. The problem of noise concerns in particular buildings designed in the times when the issue of acoustic comfort was neglected. In addition, in primary schools there are now two more classes of children, which is a result of changes in national education. For Warsaw alone, this means over 30 thousand more children in school buildings.
The Government's education deform has led to a deterioration of conditions in Polish schools. Buildings intended for six classes of primary school students now have to contain eight classes. Pupils and teachers spend most of their time during the day there. We would like to improve their comfort, so we launched a new acoustics upgrade project,” said Włodzimierz Paszyński, Deputy Mayor of Warsaw.

The school in the Ursynów District serves a good example Pupils and teachers of Primary School No. 340 at 3 Lokajskiego St. are now using upgraded classrooms, common rooms, corridors, as well as the canteen and the gym. Noise-absorbing plates were installed on parts of walls and on ceilings, and wall panels were added to limit noise levels. Each building was tested beforehand to assess which areas needed to be covered with such materials. In the large gym three groups of pupils can now practice sports or exercise at the same time without auditory discomfort. There is no echo effect during school events, which in the past hindered the audibility of pupils’ performances. In the canteen you cannot hear the irritating scraping of chairs of loud plate clinking. Pupils on corridors can see for themselves how much noise they are making. This is thanks to the installed electronic ears that show the noise level. In classrooms the echo effect is considerably reduced and speech became more comprehensible, which contributed to the quality of teaching and the students’ ability to acquire knowledge.

Nine schools as a good start
The pilot project encompasses nine school from various Warsaw districts, which will improve their acoustics based on various plans. The number of students in these schools varies from 5000 to 900. In the most recent future projects based on appraisals by experts in acoustics will be created. The upgrading will cover corridors, gyms, common rooms, classrooms, including language classrooms, and libraries.