The Polytechnic School Benguela
The Polytechnic School Benguela is located in the Cavaco Valley, Benguela, and has been offering the The Polytechnic program since 2011. Between 1994 to 2011, a variety of vocational courses were taught. The school enrolls young people from the local area, who are between 12 and 20 years of age. The Polytechnic School Benguela was one of five pioneer schools to initiate the new The Polytechnic program, which has now become the main activity at the school.
In 2011, EPP Benguela became one of five pioneer schools offering ADPP’s modern practical and academic programme, EPP. 447 students have graduated since then, 37 receiving their diplomas in January 2020.
When the State of Emergency was declared, the students and most of the teachers went to their homes and the school established a system of distance learning. Class teachers prepared study tasks, which they sent to the director for checking before being passed on weekly to the students via SMS, Facebook, WhatsApp or email. The students resolved the tasks at home, contacting their teacher in the event of doubts or problems. Parents collaborated closely by informing the school that the students had received the study tasks and were working on them. Their work will be evaluated on resumption of classes at the school. In addition to study tasks, the students received assignment related to Covid-19 mobilisation. Some were very active, undertaking cleaning campaigns and participating in resident committee activities. Two teachers and six supporting staff remained at the school to look after the buildings, the vegetable garden and the animals. In preparation for the students’ return, the school organised the classrooms to meet the requirements of social distancing and installed hand washing posts. The question of transport was being investigated, as this was one of the key concerns of parents. The school kept in touch with the local authorities throughout and participated in experience sharing with municipal school directors.