• ADPP Angola is celebrating 30 years of active involvement in development work with communities throughout the country

  • ADPP Angola operates 45 projects in 18 provinces in education, community health, agriculture and rural development

  • ADPP runs 15 teacher trainig schools with the Ministry of Education and has graduated 9644 primary school teachers since 1998

  • ADPP has 900 employees, 4000 volunteers and 1000 students in teaching practice in 92 municipalities, reaching 700,000 people annually

Reflections on Pan-Africanism in teacher training

Harvesting and selling organic vegetables in Kwanza Sul

The importance of the “Learning to travel, travelling to learn” period in teacher training and in the development of Pan-Africanism, by Agripino Chipassa

The first year of training at the ADPP Teacher Training Schools is called The International year of the Teacher, and includes a 3 to 4-month study trip in Angola and Southern Africa, as one of three main program elements. Here Agripino Chipassa, Director of the ADPP Teacher Training School in Zaire, recounts his experience of how the travel impacted on Team 2014. The team started in 2014 and completed their education with a full year of teaching practice in rural areas in 2016.

"The African population is mostly young and consequently needs teachers. What is needed however in not just any teacher, but that particular teacher who is ready to help the community in all issues. 

The international journey “Travelling our Continent,” is rooted in this ideal. First, the trip is for the future teacher to make a comparative study of the various societies of Africa. Students from Team 2014 toured countries of Southern Africa, which helped them a lot in the long teaching practice period to adapt to the communities where they worked. After all, one of the basic questions associated with any education is the relationship of the educated person to the person they are going to work with, and the community in which they are going to work. This means that the closer you can establish contact with the future environment during training, the greater the opportunity to fertilize cooperation with the environment after training. This community-teacher relationship is much better for students who have travelled.

Second, the trip improves the knowledge among students in disciplines like geography and history. In geography, for example, students learn about time zones and with all theoretical assumptions, but when they arrive in Tanzania, they experience in practice how the time is different, and this was one of the situations that moved students a lot. They learn in theory about Mount Kilimanjaro, but only by seeing the mountain do they have a real notion of what is being talked about. The borders of Angola and other countries take on a new meaning just by crossing them. The students gain more than a notion of, for example, the Zambezi River between Angola and Botswana passing through the Jangada. In general, when speaking about practical knowledge of geography, we cannot compare a student who has travelled with another who has not.

In history, there is much to comment on. Beginning in Namibia, we can talk theoretically about how Germans massacred the Hereros, but when we speak to a surviving elder, we experience the feelings associated with that moment of time. This is impossible for someone who was not there. We can speak of Julius Nyerere and African socialism, but when we arrived in Tanzania we become infected with incarnations of his thinking. We can talk about Zimbabwe’s independence, but it is more striking to the student if we talk to a Zimbabwean politician about his fight for independence. We can talk about the Civil War in Angola, when South African troops invaded Angola from the side of UNITA. But when we talk to a veteran of Namibia who participated on the South African side, we deeply understand the subject and it becomes something remarkable that students and teachers will never forget;

Third, the trip provides insights into other countries and cultures. In Tanzania, for example, we were amazed by the fact that on Independence Day, instead of having a party as is usual, every population under the president’s leadership went out to collect garbage in the city of Dar es Salaam. In Zambia, we witnessed a demonstration for the election campaign. Such events cultivated in us the feeling that we are not an isolated island, but that we are part of something much larger, and that the political cultural manifestations that take place in Angola also happen in other places and in other countries. In addition, in the countries visited, it was possible to observe in practice how neoliberal policies affect the day-to-day lives of populations, as the policies of the World Bank and the IMF have adversely affected the populations of countries like Tanzania and Zambia.

In each country we visited, we investigated the education system. We visited schools and sometimes we even lived at the schools, and it was possible to see and debate what could be improved in the Angolan educational reality. In Zambia, for example, we noted that the method of group work is much used in primary schools. The use of teaching materials is compulsory. For the success of the classes, teachers are deeply committed to preparing their lessons for the following day.

Demonstrating the correct use of a mosquito net

Demonstrating the correct use of a mosquito net

Students in a Malaria Control Patrol ready for action

Students in a Malaria Control Patrol ready for action

Taurai on healthy food and communities

Harvesting and selling organic vegetables in Kwanza Sul

Opinion Piece | ADPP Angola Staff

Is the food we eat everyday doing justice to our bodies, our families, communities and the country at large?

I am Taurai Zvepasi, a Zimbabwean, aged 47, and I've been living and working in Angola for the past 6 years now. I grew up in a peasant family, and I love farming. I’ve been working with small scale farmers in Angola during all these years of my stay here.

I want to share my experiences and how I feel about something very close to my heart: it’s about the food we eat in our daily lives. Is the food we eat everyday doing justice to our bodies, our families, communities and the country at large? The response can be a YES and can be a NO. I want to dwell more on the last response, which I believe is where many fail.

Angola is a country with vast lands and doing agriculture is not a big problem. Growing our own food is the cheapest way of having food on our tables daily, healthy food. But this beautiful country does a lot of food importing, and much of the food stuffs in the shops are chemically produced and processed.

I know there is a sizeable population living in towns and cities and they depend on their pockets to have food on the table. But the big question is, “Is the food we buy healthy”? How is it being produced, who is producing it and how much does it cost for one to have it on the table? Prices may vary, but the impact on our health is huge. No doubt.

What we eat determines our health and as such, joining forces, in any possible way, to produce our own food we eat daily, will help prolong our lives in many ways. A healthy citizen brings brightness and hope for the development of a country.

Shunning all chemically produced and processed foods is the way to go. How?

All the people living in the towns and cities have access to land, in one way or the other. We have to use this land or support those who can use it so that we have access to the food we cherish, healthy food. By supporting a small scale farmer in the countryside by buying her naturally produced food, we are helping develop our country, economically empowering ourselves and doing justice to our health sector. We create employment for those in the countryside who are working on the small farms, thereby reducing the influx of people into cities and towns. This will minimize government’s costs in many aspects.

I am working with about 1 000 small scale farmers in the province of Kwanza Sul, in the municipality of Kibala-Catofe. They produce natural foods, maize, cassava, sweet and Irish potatoes, many vegetable varieties and animals. They supply with efficiency the local markets.

Dear friends, I have a passion for a healthy community. Below is my photo and photos of some of the small scale farmers I work with. Showing how they work in their fields, some of the produce they sell to the markets.

Taurai Zvepasi

Taurai Zvepasi

A woman farmer in Kwanza Sul growing nutritious food

A woman farmer in Kwanza Sul growing nutritious food

EPP Caxito students talking about their professions

The Vice Governor for Social Affairs talking with EPP Caxito students

On the 16th of June, the Day of the African Child, we participated in the provincial government’s celebrations. We organized a stand where students talked about what they’re learning in the professions at EPP Caxito, which was visited by the Vice Governor for Social Affairs. One Energy Assistant student explained about electric circuits and energy saving lightbulbs, while another told about solar panels. The Vice Governor commented that we could reduce pollution a lot if everyone had solar energy in their houses. One of the Modern Cook students presented a home baked cake, explaining how it was made. The crowd then sang the Portuguese “Happy Birthday” song in honour of all African children.

See a clip from the event here: https://youtu.be/twIY1bqU-qo

An energy assistant explaining about different kinds of energy

An energy assistant explaining about different kinds of energy

A cook assistant student explaining how she baked her cake

A cook assistant student explaining how she baked her cake

Success stories from the Farmers' Clubs in Calandula

Bundo and Kiluanje are two Farmers’ Clubs operating within Calandula Agricultural Center. Both clubs are doing really well, producing vegetables for household consumption as well as for sale. While the farmers always used to sell some of their produce at the local market, it was never more than cassava and groundnuts. Nowadays, they are commercializing cabbage, tomato, onion, lettuce and eggplant too.

The farmers have come a long way since the beginning of the project, and they now make and follow strict activity plans, such as the recent preparation of fields in advance of the rainy season. What lies behind this development, and where the biggest and most significant change has been noted, is in the level of commitment on the part of the farmers. They make the most of the terrain available at the center, which in the early days seemed far too large but only because it was under-used. Indeed, all club members look forward to the horticultural season, when they apply themselves to the preparation of the ground and the planting of crops, and generally to doing the best they can every day. During these sessions, there is always a respectable turnout of members, many of whom are women. Indeed the women often run the clubs, and it could be that these same women appreciate the importance of growing vegetables, both to use in the daily diet as well as to earn money for household needs.

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