Teacher Training School ADPP Kuanda Kubango
Term started on 10 February for the new students, when they arrived with their parents for a special welcome ceremony to hear about the program, boarding school life, the demands on the students and the responsibilities they were expected to bear. The parents agreed to attend the school three times in the course of the year to support their sons and daughters. The remainder of the first period was spent organizing core groups, bus groups, and preparing for the 12-week study trip. The latter included courses about health and first aid, basic mechanics and the use of e-books; the formation of responsibility areas during the trip; and investigations in local communities to get used to the idea of visiting, interviewing and living with rural families. Team 2018 departed on 25 May, Africa Day, after a special ceremony headed by Missombo Communal Administrator and in the presence of Dr Ezequiel Paulo, representative of the Provincial Education Office. Bus Group chose to start in Lubango and then to return stopping off at Quipungo, Matala, Kuvango, Cuchi and Kuelei. The students are currently undertaking investigations in the area of Lubango. Bus Group 2 is in Longa, in Cuito Cuanavale Municipality, to investigate a rice farm, an economic giant
located in this province. Then they will go to the municipal capital to learn about the Battle of Cuito Canavale and the Tumpo Triangle, the main theater of the operations that culminated on 23 March 1988. The main impact of the project to date stems from the assimilation of the students to a new way of learning, where they assume much responsibility for their own education.
They have made a considerable effort to adapt. They have also begun to participate in community actions, such as helping build a meeting hut for the soba in the village of Cassela. The traditional leader expressed his astonishment at the results, after waiting
four years for the people to build it. The students have also engaged in cleaning actions to remove accumulations of rubbish, and grass cutting to reduce the risk of mosquitoes. Community members participated and expressed their gratitude to the students for
helping create a clean district. Written and oral exams in sociology, economy, English, communication, the World in
which we Live and Living Healthily until Old Age went very well, an indication of the students’ adaptation to the new form of education and to their commitment to become teachers.