Teacher Training School ADPP Cunene
The School for the Teachers of the Future in Kunene was established in 2008, as the 10th such school in Angola. It was established in a partnership between the Ministry of Education, the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, UFF Finland and ADPP. The objective of the project is to train young Angolans to be pro-active, innovative primary school teachers in rural areas. In January 2018, 85 trainees from Team 2015 graduated, bringing the total to 633, 232 of whom are female.
Project Activities and Results
- Team 2016: 86 students, 40 female and 46 male.
- Team 2017: 93 students, 42 female and 51 male
- Team 2018: 82 students, 42 female and 40 male
Eight teams have graduated from the school, Team 2015 having completed the three-year program in 2017 and graduating in January 2018. Following in their footsteps are Team 2016, who are currently on long-term teaching practice at rural schools. They are combining teaching with community activities and micro projects, distance studies, pedagogical research and report writing.
2nd Year students in Team 2017 are gaining classroom experience at local schools, running extracurricular activities for their pupils, resolving study tasks and attending courses. 1st Year students have prepared for and are undertaking a 12-week study trip through parts of Angola, learning at first-hand about the country while continuing their curriculum studies.
The Teacher Training School Cunene is not only benefiting the host province, but also its neighboring provinces. Every year, dozens of young people from the neighboring provinces of Namibe and Huila embark on and benefit from a demanding three-year course at Teacher Training School Cunene. During and after their training, students and graduates mark the difference for thousands of children and members of the community, through their teaching activities and other actions. Rural communities in particular benefit from the role of community developer that is practised by final year trainees during their long-term teaching practice.