Teacher Training School ADPP Cuanza Sul
ADPP Teacher Training School Cuanza Sul is located in Quibala municipality and started training teachers in 2009. It is considered a leading institution at provincial level for the training of primary school teachers.
2020 saw the 12th team of students embark on the three-year course of teacher training. The highlight of this first period for Team 2020 was to be a 12-week study trip through Angola, following detailed practical and academic preparation. Team 2018, in the third and final year of training, went to rural schools for the academic year. Their tasks included full-time teaching, the implementation of micro projects and community actions, distance studies to complete the curriculum and pedagogical research. Team 2019, in the second year of training, combined studies and courses at the school with periods of short-term teaching practice at local primary schools. All three programmes were interrupted by the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic and the declaration of a state of emergency, which closed schools throughout the country. TTS Cuanza Sul responded to these new circumstances by initiating distance learning for all three teams, which was a simpler process for Team 2018 as they were expecting to study in this way during the year.
With the closure of schools during the state of emergency, the school organised distance learning for the students. The teachers prepared assignments, which were checked and then posted weekly by the pedagogical director on group pages of Facebook. The students worked on the assignments during the week, contacting their core group teacher in the event of doubts or problems, and then sent feedback about their progress. On completion of the study tasks, the students received points according to the evaluation of their teachers. This made it easy to check progress and encourage students at risk of falling behind. Courses proved to be a problem as they required access to internet, which can be expensive. On one occasion, only 25% of the students were able to follow a course given by their teacher. The remainder lacked sufficient balance on their accounts In addition to study tasks, the students raised awareness locally about Covid-19, produced posters on the theme and installed tippy taps for hand washing. These actions counted as experiences in the DMM system. The school as a whole participated in Covid-19 prevention actions, collaborating with Quibala Municipal Commission for the Prevention of and Fight against Covid-19. Actions included house to house mobilisation and the installation of 79 tippy taps hand washing systems over two weeks in all districts of Quibala and surrounding areas.