Teacher Training School ADPP Cunene
Teacher training activities began in 2008, when TTS Cunene became the 10th of what was then known as Schools for the Teachers of the Future. The establishment of the school was the result of a partnership between the Ministry of Education, the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, UFF Finland and ADPP. In January 2020, 55 trainees from Team 2017 graduated, bringing the total to 764, 302 of which are female. In 2020, the school initiated a pioneering four-year programme.
Teacher Training School ADPP Cunene prepares teachers to lead child-friendly education at primary schools in addition to implementing community activities ranging from literacy, to entrepreneurship, basic sanitation, tree planting, malaria campaigns and HIV/AIDS awareness. It is the only institution of its kind with boarding facilities in the province. 2020 began in a most promising manner, with all round enthusiasm for the launch of a revised four-year programme, with challenging and up to the minute programmes. Final year students began their long-term teaching practice in three municipalities of the province, enthusiastic and eager to assume the role of class teacher and to implement their micro projects for the benefit of rural communities. 2nd Year students, in Team 2019, were equally excited about gaining experience in the classrooms of local primary schools. In between studying hard and attending courses, they held lessons simulations in preparation for this new challenge. The new students forming Team 2020 were introduced to the concepts of Another Kind of School and to the programme that would guide them through their training.
All this came to a halt with the declaration of a state of emergency in response to the Covid- 19 pandemic. Staff at TTS Cunene ensured that no time was lost in establishing distance learning for all the students, preparing and sending study assignments, organising on-line courses and delivering material where necessary.
During the state of emergency, the school maintained contact with the students by telephone. The teachers prepared and sent them study assignments, organising courses using social media and even delivering files by bus. The teachers also ran campaigns about Covid- 19 prevention and distributed soap for hand washing.