Teacher Training School ADPP Uige
Teacher Training School ADPP Uíge is located in Negage in the province of Uíge and has been in existence since 2007. At the beginning of 2020, the school celebrated the 10th anniversary of the first ever graduation ceremony.
In the first semester of 2020, 65 final year students were in long-term teaching practice at 36 rural schools, benefiting an estimated 2,000 children by their presence and their child-friendly modern methods. There were 41 male students and 24 female students. They started to implement micro projects and actions with and for the communities where they were working. The 96 2nd Year students gained teaching experience at 10 local schools while continuing their studies and courses. 99 1st Year students, 64 of whom male and 35 female, were introduced to the system of learning at the school and began preparing for what is normally a highlight of the first year of training - a 12-week study trip through Angola.
All three programmes were interrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic that caused schools to close.
During the period of confinement, the school kept in touch with the students through social networks, with specific team pages being created for the students on Facebook and WhatsApp. The students were given weekly assignments, which averaged around five different tasks per week posted by the teachers. There were few courses because not many students could afford the expense of being connected for lengthy periods. Only the maths teacher produced online courses for students. In preparing study assignments, the teachers were inspired by the content of the programmes elaborated for each team. They also used the 40 mathematics and Portuguese language sessions, other basic teaching manuals, and manuals from the 8th and 9th grades. Tasks were evaluated weekly though whatever means was available to the individual students, so the teachers could keep a tally of completed assignments. When the school reopens, the teachers will check the results of the students’ efforts during confinement.
The school collaborated with local health units in order to be part of the information dissemination campaigns on Covid-19, and participated in two meetings where teachers and graduates were invited to be part of and support actions in Dimuca, Quisseque. This resulted in two awareness campaigns in the communities on the prevention and care measures to be taken for the non-propagation of Covid-19, the distribution of health pamphlets in the districts of Cassamba, Missão, Cua Ferra, Bengo and Mbanza Negage.
The school passed on information to friends of TTS ADPP Uíge, primary school headmaster and women at the municipal market of Negage. The school vegetable garden – cassava plantation – was looked after by a woman engaged specially for the purpose, while the school buildings were looked after by the five members of staff and two guards who were staying there. The director inspected the building twice a week.
Collaboration with the authorities was, as always, solid. The school received advice on preventive measures, which were followed closely, including health screening of personnel residing at the school and of the guards who entered to carry out their duties during the first month of confinement. The reaction of parents to the school’s initiative and efforts was positive, as not even Covid-19 could stop the education of their sons and daughters.