Teacher Training School ADPP Cabinda
ADPP Teacher Training School (TTS) Cabinda is located in Lândana and started training teachers in 1998. On 18 January 2020, 51 Team 2017 students received their diplomas and certificates at a graduation ceremony at the school, having completed the rigorous three-year course that comprises 19 periods.
In 2020, the 23nd team of students started the three-year course. They spent the first weeks studying, attending courses and preparing for the 1st Year study trip. Team 2019, in their second year of training, started the year combining academic and pedagogical studies with classroom experience at local primary schools. Team 2018, in their final year of training, went to rural schools to begin long-term teaching practice and to implement micro projects for the benefit of the community. They took study tasks with them, as well as plans to undertake pedagogical research.
All three programmes were interrupted by the declaration of a state of emergency in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. While schools across Angola closed, the teachers at TTS ADPP Cabinda began organising ways of continuing training for all three teams of students. This was an important achievement of the project in the first semester of the year. As described in more detail below, the students received tasks at their homes, tasks prepared by the teachers to cover curriculum subjects as well as topics of relevance, the most obvious one being the pandemic. Thus, the school maintained its educational activities while encouraging the students to conduct mobilisation and awareness actions for Covid-19 prevention.
The school kept in touch with the students by telephone, Facebook and WhatsApp. The teachers developed and prepared study tasks as well as courses, which they sent to the students. Some students lacked telephones so the teachers delivered the assignments to their homes. On completion of a task, the students sent their work for evaluation.
The school organised actions three times a week to mobilise people about the Covid-19 pandemic and to build tippy tap hand washing systems in the community. Teachers and guards at the school were responsible for the vegetable garden during the period of confinement.