The northern region of Ethiopia is known to be one of the hottest and driest places on earth. The people here are nomadic and follow their herds in search for water. According to VWDO, a local NGO working with these people; only 10% of the school aged children have an opportunity to attend school. In many towns in this region there are no schools. Where you find schools the education level is very poor, so poor that most families are not willing to send their children. Because of the hot and dry climate most buildings in this area are very uncomfortable to inhabit during the day. Due to this issue people take advantage of whatever breeze and shade may be found outside. The goal for this project was to create classrooms that would be comfortable for the children throughout the day and would use as many local materials as possible. The nearest market was a two hour drive, which would make many materials very expensive. We decided to use rock as the primary building material due to its abundance in the region. Due to being constructed in an earthquake zone, the building has large vertical columns and horizontal concrete bracing for extra support. The large rock walls have great thermal mass which keeps this building about 15 degrees cooler than other buildings in this region.