Teacher Training School ADPP Lunda Sul
Teacher Training School ADPP Lunda Sul is a new school, located in the municipality of Dala. It is the result of a partnership between the Ministry of Education, the European Union and ADPP Angola. The first team initiated their studies at the beginning of 2016, albeit in unusual circumstances as the program was ahead of the physical infrastructure, and the enrolled students were placed at TTCs in neighboring Bié, Malange and Kuando Kubango from the 1st of February until school buildings were found in Dala itself. These students are now in their final year and are in long term teaching practice at rural schools.
Project Activities and Results
Teams 2017 is gaining experience I the classroom at local primary schools and running extracurricular activities for the pupils after lessons. The latest team to start, Team 2018, is assimilating their new surroundings, program and teaching methods. The students are currently undertaking a 12-week study trip round the country.
- Team 2016: 47 students, 9 female and 38 male
- Team 2017: 84 students, 23 female and 61 male
- Team 2018: 90 students, 30 female and 60 male
One of the clearest impacts or effects of the project is on the students themselves, who quickly realize that they are not like students at any other school because they have to give serious thought to others, battle alongside the poor and generally help make improvements. They are all pleased about developing an alternative way of thinking about life, including about the life of other people, animals and the environment. Numerous parents have commented on the development of their sons and daughters, and say the school makes rather than teaches people. Members of Team 2015, the recently graduated students, are grateful for having studied at the school because they are now trained to be teachers as well as agents of social change, having learned how others feel and think.
Local authorities express their gratitude for the presence of the school as the teacher training program has helped effect many changes in both the primary schools as well as in the life of the community. The impact is being felt further afield this year, with the deployment of 3rd Year trainees in four municipalities.