Teacher Training School ADPP Londuimbali
Teacher Training School ADPP Londuimbali was established in 2013 with financial support from the Provincial Government in Huambo. With capacity for three teams of 120 students, it will be the largest such school when all dormitory accommodation is completed. Until then, the capacity is 60 students per year. 384 students have graduated since the inception of training, the most recent being Team 17 with 49 students, 25 of whom female. 180 of all the graduates since the school opened are female.
Teacher Training School ADPP Londuimbali is the second such institution in the province of Huambo, a fact that indicates the importance of the educational services offered. At the start of 2020, Team 2017 graduated having completed their three years of training at the end of 2019.
In February, the three current teams initiated their respective programmes. Team 2018 went to work as full-time teachers at rural primary schools, implement projects with the community, continue their studies and undertake pedagogic research. Team 2019 started their second year of training, which involved combining theory with experience in the classroom at local primary schools. Team 2020 initiated their course of training with preparation for a 12-week study trip around Angola, which was among the many programme points affected by the state of emergency in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. When the state of emergency was declared, final year students stayed in the communities where they were undertaking long-term teaching while 1st and 2nd Year students returned home. All three teams continued studying thanks to the implementation of distance learning. Community actions also continued as the students carried out activities related to Covid-19. Among the other achievements in these exceptional circumstances were the continued improvement to education in the province through the efforts of Team 2018 and 2019 in long-term and short-term teaching practice; the promotion of environmentally friendly food production; and mobilisation on the prevention of Covid-19 and other diseases.
The school kept in touch with the students when the state of emergency forced schools to close and everyone returned home. Facebook and WhatsApp groups were created for each team and the teachers phoned both the students and their parents to learn how they were progressing. The parents reacted positively to the initiative of the school in continuing the education of their sons and daughters. They cooperated in the reception and guidance of assignments and in communicating with the students. Study assignments, prepared by the teachers, were made available on Facebook and WhatsApp, sent by email, or recorded on discs and pen-drives. Much of the initial material was drawn from DMM tasks, while subsequent assignments included ideas resulting from inter-school sharing of information and from locally developed material. When the students completed tasks, they were evaluated by the teachers during telephone conversations and on-line debates.
On a practical front, the school undertook thorough cleaning of the classrooms and offices, installed tippy taps for hand washing, carried out maintenance on the water and energy systems and mobilised the students and their families about Covid-19. The vegetable garden and the animals were looked after during the period of confinement too.