Teacher Training School ADPP Lunda Sul
The Education for All in Lunda Sul project started in 2015, with Teacher Training School Lunda Sul initiating activities in February 2016. The first group of students, Team 2016, comprised 28 male students and nine female students, who completed the three-year course and graduated at the beginning of 2019. The number of graduates rose to 93 when Team 2017 graduated in January 2020.
ADPP Teacher Training School Lunda Sul, located in the municipality of Dala, is the result of a partnership between the Ministry of Education, the European Union and ADPP Angola.
In a relatively short time, the school has become well established as a teacher training institute, for both pre-service as well as in-service teachers. At the beginning of 2020, 56 students graduated, 23 of whom females. They were only the second team of students to complete three years of training at TTS ADPP Lunda Sul. Following in their footsteps, Team 2018 began long-term teaching practice in rural schools across a large part of the province. They took with them ideas for community micro projects and pedagogical research plus distance study tasks for the first term. Team 2019, in their second year of training, combined studies and courses with short periods at local primary schools where they gained classroom experience, first observing, then assisting and finally giving lessons. Team 2020 began their training in February. One of the highlights was preparing for the 1st Year study trip, which lasts 12 weeks and involves travelling through parts of Angola to learn at first-hand how people live and work, the geography and history of the country, agriculture and industry, education and health. All three programme were interrupted when the state of emergency, declared as a response to the Covid-19 pandemic, meant all schools had to close. Teams 2020 and 2019 continued studying by resolving assignments at home, participating in courses “at a distance” and carrying out activities related to Covid-19 prevention. Almost twothirds of Team 2018 spent the initial period of confinement in the communities where they were conducting teaching practice, but by the time of the penultimate extension of the state of emergency, all the students were at home. Despite the circumstances, the school continued its principal activity, which was education. By adopting systems of distance learning and adapting study tasks to reflect the means of communication available to teachers and students alike, the school ensured all three teams kept up their studies according to their respective programmes.
The school established a system of distance learning for the students so they could continue their studies from home. The teachers kept in touch by telephone, WhatsApp groups and Facebook groups. Each teacher prepared two study tasks per week, which were approved by the director before posting on WhatsApp and Facebook group pages. The students were expected to complete between five and seven tasks per week, which were evaluated by their core group teachers. The reaction of the parents to the school’s initiative was very positive. Many had children studying at other schools but it was only TTS ADPP Lunda Sul that ensured its students could continue their studies at home, backed up by weekly telephone calls to check progress and help resolve doubts or problems. The parents supported the solution of distance learning during confinement by making sure their sons and daughters had sufficient data balance to receive and send assignments. On a practical front, the school installed 20 buckets for hand washing and raised awareness about Covid-19 through its Facebook page. The buildings were looked after by the few staff who stayed on at the school during the period of confinement. The students were encouraged to produce posters illustrating prevention measures to stop the spread of Covid-19.