Education is important, no matter the circumstances, so when schools in Angola closed on 24 March, leaving an estimated 10 million primary and secondary pupils without lessons and higher education establishments also affected, ADPP had resolve not only how to continue teacher training but also how to help the thousands of children who every year enjoy the presence of ADPP trainees at their schools.
- All of ADPP’s teacher training schools are boarding schools. Students have chosen whether to return to their families or to remain at the school under strict social distancing conditions. Irrespective of their choice, all the students are doing supervised distance studies, receiving new tasks each week. Where possible the students keep in touch with the other members of their “trios” (study groups). All 4,500 students are organized to spread key messages on COVID-19 to their families and neighbours, reaching in excess of 20,000 people.
- All the teacher training schools have increased production of pedagogical materials in this period, including developing tasks which primary school children can do at home. A special lesson on COVID-19 is being developed to be incorporated in STEM lessons.
- In Benguela, most of the final year students in teaching practice have remained in the villages they were allocated to. Schools are closed, but the trainees are developing lessons their pupils can do alone at home or in small groups.
- In Zaire, the teacher training school is in the middle of an LNG financed project to teach music, art and martial arts at primary schools. Since all schools are closed, staff at the teacher training schools are writing and recording songs about COVID, which are to be sent to teachers and trainees in rural areas to use in mobilization activities.
- In Luanda, staff are providing lessons to local homeless people who have been given temporary housing by the administration.
- In Huila, staff from the 40 Pedagogical Session project for in-service training of teachers have been participating in educational TV and radio broadcasts.
- Students at ADPP’s Polytechnic Schools are also doing supervised distance studies. In Bengo, teachers on the Fashion, Textile and Design line are producing face masks.
- In Benguela, all of the students are creating "tippy tap" handwashing systems in their family homes and many are sending photos to the school