Teacher Training School ADPP Benguela
Teacher Training School Benguela started its first team of trainee teachers in August 1997. Besides providing teacher training, the school has established a strong relationship with the surrounding communities and has gained the respect of the authorities and the population in Benguela municipality.
Since the first team began in 1997, the school has graduated 1,208 primary school teachers, of whom 91 are new graduates, who completed their studies in January 2018.
Project Activities and Results
There are currently 401 students at Teacher Training School Benguela:
• Team 2016: 139 students, 97 males and 42 females.
• Team 2017: 124 students, 86 males and 38 females.
• Team 2018: 138 students, 91 males and 47 females.
The immediate beneficiaries of the project are the students themselves. Recently graduated students from Team 2015 commented on how glad they were for their training because they feel better prepared to tackle the challenges life poses. Academically, they feel equipped for teaching, and health-wise they have developed good habits including sound nutrition. Living with others obliges the adoption of a certain way of being and of doing. Parents comment on the changes observed in their sons and daughters. They participate willingly in domestic chores at home. Teacher Training School Benguela is a school for life.
Local communities and thousands of school children feel the effect of the project. As the local authorities are quick to point out, teachers who graduate from Teacher Training School Benguela are an added value for the country because they are highly trained and that even when faced with difficulties of several orders, they are there to carry out their educational activities, as well as help communities to overcome the difficulties they face, for example by building latrines, organizing community clean-ups, tree planting and so on. Even before graduating, the trainees benefit primary pupils in rural schools, who might otherwise not have a teacher.
The 97 students who form Team 2016 are spending the year in mostly rural communities, teaching and undertaking community projects and activities. They are working in seven municipalities in the province and benefiting 5,077 pupils. As a result of their presence, three new classes have started at Cambandjela Primary School, and two classes have been able to reopen at a primary school in Mina with the result that many pupils are able to continue their basic education. Among the micro projects being implemented by the students are latrine building, literacy, tree planting, animal breeding, horticulture and the construction of classrooms. These activities are clearly having an important impact in and on the communities involved. A first Midway Meeting was held, 13 to 18 May, to hear first-hand about how teaching practice, community projects and activities, research and distance studies were progressing. It was also an occasion to provide the students with advice and support. Among the topics chosen for research were problems related to education in villages or interior municipalities; the history of the village; the participation of parents in their children’s education; the participation of the headmaster in the development of education in the community.