Teacher Training School ADPP Luanda
The school started in 2000 as part of an agreement between the Ministry of Education and ADPP Angola, and with financing from the national oil company Sonangol and all its operating partners. The first team began in October 2000. 1,126 students have graduated since the school started, 394 of whom are female. Team 2017 was the most recent to graduate, when 63 students received their diplomas and certificates in January 2020.
Despite the exceptional circumstances caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the education of the students continued. Moreover, the school contributed to the education and thereby well-being of children and adults at a Reception Centre established by the authorities for street children and homeless people in Ramiros during the period of confinement.
When the students returned home for the period of confinement, the school kept in touch by telephone and by social media. The teachers formed work groups and communication groups to develop study assignments, to send them to the students and to maintain contact with them. The teacher also called the parents once a week to learn about progress and any problems that arose. Two teachers stayed on at the school to keep it clean and tidy.
Reception Centre of homeless people due to Covid-19.
The school collaborated with the authorities on a project to cater for street children and homeless families. Luanda provincial government established a reception centre at Ramiros Youth House for these children during the period of confinement and plans were made to provide educational activities to keep them occupied. There were 188 people at the centre, 139 men, 10 women and 23 children. The children were organised according to age, with a preschool group, a group up to 6 years of age, a group for 7 to 16- year olds. There was also a group for adults with special needs.
The children learned different subjects, general knowledge, practical skills and social skills, all at a pace suited to the individual and to their previous knowledge, as many had missed out on schooling. Not only were the children helped to learn, but they were encouraged to help one another to learn by creating trios who worked together on their exercises. Basic arithmetic and mental arithmetic, writing, STEM activities and plastic art, gym, oral hygiene, games reading from the book Educated Child, Happy Family all featured in this provisional school.