Teacher Training School ADPP Malange
Teacher Training School ADPP Malanje was established in 2007 through the collaboration of ADPP and the Ministry of Education, in partnership with the Spanish AECID and Sonangol. The school enrols around 60 students a year and benefits thousands of children through 3rd Year teaching practice and the short periods of teaching experience carried out by 2nd Year students. Community projects and actions undertaken by all teams benefit thousands of people around the school and in rural villages.
With the graduation of 43 teachers in January 2020, the total number of graduates has reached 828. Many of them continue to work in the education sector. Final year students in Team 2018 left TTS ADPP Malanje at the beginning of the academic year to carry out long-term teaching practice in rural communities, where they also began implementing micro projects. Approximately 4,600 primary pupils benefited from their presence. Team 2019 combined studies and courses with classroom teaching experience at local primary schools. They spent three days a week during a series of periods, initially with the youngest pupils, observing the class teacher, assisting and finally beginning to prepare their own lessons. Team 2020 prepared for their 12-week study trip through parts of Angola, while following the 1st Year curriculum.
All three programmes were disrupted when the state of emergency was declared, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Students in Teams 2020 and 2019 returned home, from where they continued their studies at a distance until the state of emergency was lifted. Team 2018 spent the period of confinement in the communities where they were teaching. TTS ADPP Malanje teachers organised a system of distance learning, whereby they prepared and sent assignments to the students by way of social media and mobile phones. They kept in close touch with the students, to ensure they completed and returned the assignments for evaluation, and to encourage them to continue studying with a view to returning to the school.
The school maintained contact with the students by telephone, e-mail and social media – Facebook and WhatsApp. The teachers prepared assignments, in the same form as DMM tasks at the school with introductions, instructions and files, which they sent to the students. On completion of a study task, the students sent photographic evidence to their teachers for evaluation. Any doubts that arose were resolved by telephone of messages. Teacher Training School ADPP Malanje carried out awareness campaigns locally, spreading messages about hand washing and the use of face masks. The school itself was being looked after by the director and guards.
Collaboration with the authorities was good and the school was informed of all activities practical or otherwise, as well as about information at provincial, municipal, communal and local levels. The school is a meeting centre for all activities or entities that are national, provincial, municipal or even communal. The reaction of parents to the distance learning initiative was positive. Indeed, it could be said that the school collaborated more with the parents than with the students during the period of confinement.