The Polytechnic School Caxito
The Polytechnic School Caxito has been offering basic academic and practical training to 7th, 8th and 9th Grade students since the inception of the Polytechnic program in 2011. Boarding facilities have been available at the school since 2012, to accommodate students from rural parts of Bengo. The school began life in 1986, as ADPP Angola´s very first project. Initially established to cater for children affected by the civil war, the role of the school has adapted over the years to changing circumstances. It retains its function as a center for community activities, and continues to run a primary school for children from the surrounding communities.
Activities and Results
The year started with the graduation of the 41 students of whom 16 are female who successfully completed 9th Grade in 2018. 199 students enrolled at the school, 42 of whom are in 9th Grade, 87 in 8th Grade and 70 in 7th Grade. 141 of the students are boarders.
The new course of Textile Artisan, which was introduced in 2017 for all students in 7th Grade, is being taught this year in 8th Grade. The other courses in 8th and 9th Grade are Energy Assistant, Food Producer and Modern Cook.
The Polytechnic program places many demands on staff and students alike. This year, the use of DMM – the system of learning where the students resolve study tasks and attend courses designed for each grade – reached a 70% level of implementation and resulted in a high degree of activity among the students. Absenteeism was low and few students failed their exams, both of which are positive effects of the project. Parental backing is being achieved, especially from parents who live locally in Sassa. They visit the school once or twice a month to talk with the teachers. Community relations in general are good, and conflicts with local youth have been resolved through sport in the community two or three times a month, either at The Polytechnic School Caxito or in the town. A further positive effect of the project on the community is the collaboration with the hospitals in the area, whereby the students learn about common diseases from the professionals and then raise awareness in the neighborhood about the causes of these ailments. They also undertake cleaning actions as a response to the need for disease prevention. Graduates from The Polytechnic School Caxito maintain contact with the school, and some of them who are now 18 to 20 years old are working and able to pay for their higher education. In general, the benefits of an Polytechnic education are the practical and professional skills obtained, the entrepreneurial outlook achieved, a level of responsibility in the use of new techniques, an understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of technological systems, a perception of the advantages of internal and external partnerships in the world of technology, and the appropriate use of technology including energy saving.