Teacher Training School ADPP Cuando Cubango
Teacher Training School ADPP Cuando Cubango in Menongue has been contributing to improvements in the education system since its inception in 2013. At the beginning of 2020, the school reached the number of 323 graduates, signifying a considerable input to the education of primary school children while the graduates were in their 2nd and 3rd years of training and undertaking short- and long-term teaching practice. 46 graduates responded to the request from the provincial government for volunteers at schools lacking teachers 2020 heralded a change to the hitherto thee-year programme at the school. Team 2020 would be the first to embark on a newly introduced pioneer four-year programme, while Teams 2018 and 2019 were following their respective programmes. The final year students in Team 2018 were in long-term teaching practice in rural schools, combining teaching with micro projects, community actions, distance studies and pedagogical research. 2nd Year students had begun the first of 10 short periods of teaching practice at local primary schools, while continuing their studies and, attending courses focused largely on pedagogy and didactics. The new students in Team 2020 were getting used to the system of studies, courses and experiences, learning to study and work in their core groups. The programmes for the three teams were cut short because of the Covid-19 pandemic and the declaration of a state of emergency, which meant all schools had to close.
TTS ADPP Cuando Cubango continued training, however, implementing systems of distance learning so all the students could keep up with their studies and be ready to resume full activities on cessation of confinement. This was a major achievement in difficult circumstances.
As mentioned above, the school prepared for the period of confinement by creating Facebook group pages for the teams and by recording contact details for the students.
Keeping in touch by telephone was not easy in the case of students in Mavinga, Rivungo, Nancova, Dirico and Cuangar because of infrastructure problems. Otherwise, the teachers phoned the students personally or the parents if the students did not have telephones. Assignments were prepared by the teachers and posted on the team pages. The students received a message (sms) to let them know that new tasks had been posted and then worked on them individually, presenting their results in the form of summaries. Collaboration with the parents was good. They acted as a link between the school and the students and a number of them lent their own devices to their sons and daughter so they could do their studies. Three guards, five teachers and two students spent the confinement period at the school. Between them they looked after the buildings and the six pigs being raised.