Teacher Training School ADPP Huambo
Teacher Training School ADPP Huambo has been training teachers for 25 years. Graduates are highly qualified and prepared to make a difference at schools and in the community. A further 69 graduates received their diplomas and certificates at the beginning of 2020.
The three teams began their respective programmes at the start of February 2020. 3rd Year students in Team 2018 went to rural primary schools to spend the academic year in teaching practice, to implement micro projects and organise community actions, to undertake researchaction and to complete their curriculum of studies. 2nd Year students in Team 2019 combined periods of classroom experience at local primary schools with extracurricular activities, studies, courses, community actions, plus activities and responsibility areas at the school itself. The new students in Team 2020 prepared for what would have been a 12-week study trip through Angola as part of Travelling to Learn and Learning to Travel, the highlight of 1st Year.
The director and teachers organised systems to ensure contact was maintained with the students. A teacher was appointed for each team and phoned once a week to hear how each student was progressing. In addition to telephonic communication, the students and the school used social media – Facebook and WhatsApp – with a page for each team.
Every week, the teachers prepared study tasks in the didactics of moral & civic education, Portuguese, mathematics, psychology, biology, chemistry, physics, school administration & management, history and geography. On Fridays, the administrators of the school community posted the assignments for the three teams. The weekly assignments were calculated to occupy approximately 20 hours.
As for the school itself, the teachers, guards and other personnel who stayed on for the period of confinement looked after the buildings, the vegetable garden, the 68 pigs and the 12 ducks. They established a plant nursery and later planted out kale, tomatoes, okra, lettuce and other crops in the permanent beds, resulting in a plot of around 2 ha of vegetables that would contribute to a healthy diet at the school whatever the future held in terms of economic crises and elevated food prices. 10 tippy taps were installed at the school to facilitate hand washing. Visitors were not admitted to the school grounds and deliveries were taken at the gate. The school collaborated with the authorities, local, municipal and provincial, throughout the state of emergency and subsequent phase with respect to continuing teaching and to the Covid-19 response. Director Anne Lausen participated in a meeting in May, at provincial level, regarding preparations for the reopening of schools.