Frontline Institute Angola
Frontline Institute provides ADPP staff and volunteers with the resources, information and motivation to make an even bigger difference at the projects they are involved in, or to go on to lead new projects.
Basic management skills are learned over six months at Frontline, where daily life is like a mini project in itself. Meetings, discussions, decision making, and assuming responsibility all feature from the start. Debates about poverty and social equality are made relevant in the context of each participant’s own experiences at their projects. The importance of food production takes on new meaning when the participants learn to cultivate land and raise animals.
Maintenance becomes second nature as they learn to identify problems, plan improvements and carry out the tasks themselves. A capacity to work together on a major task is essential for all project leaders, and in 2016 the 24 participants from Team 14 undertook a range of construction and rehabilitation tasks, while the 25 participants in Team 15 planted more than 2,000 trees. Also new in 2016, a new dormitory was inaugurated, increasing the capacity of Frontline Institute Angola.
Five months of practical work at a project completes the course, with the option of continuing to an advanced management course at Frontline Institute, Zimbabwe, run by DAPP Zimbabwe.