Practical and Theoretical School (EPP) Benguela is located in the Cavaco Valley, Benguela, and has been offering the EPP program since 2011. Between
1994 to 2011, a variety of vocational courses were taught. The school enrolls young people from the local area, who are between 12 and
20 years of age. Since the inception of the three-year program of study and practical training, 269 students have graduated from EPP Benguela, 124 of whom are female.
Activities and Results of the Project
The year started with a graduation ceremony for 105 students who completed their three-year course at the end of 2015. More than 600 people attended, including guests of honor Sr Samuel Amos in representation of the Head of Education in Benguela Municipality, José Januário, Sr Bambi representing the coordinator of Zone A/F, directors of Vale de Benção, Assaque, Cambangela and Mina schools, traditional authorities from Asseque and Cambangela, Delfina Alberto Araujo representing ADPP Angola, Benguela Water and Sanitation project leader and the leader of ADPP Fundraising Project in Benguela.
Traditional dancing, theater, poetry, games and an environment workshop complemented the diploma ceremony. It was a moving occasion for the students who had reached their goal, and for the parents and guardians who praised the initiative of ADPP in providing this educational opportunity for young people. The students themselves expressed their opinions about the value of an EPP education, both personally and for country itself.
32 Water Assistants, 39 Food Producers and 34 Environment Promoters graduated. 52 of the graduates were female and 53 male.
- 7th Grade: 48 students, 18 female and 30 male
- 8th Grade: 63 students, 26 female and 37 male
- 9th Grade: 64 students, 29 female and 35 male
The Effects of the Project
EPP Benguela contributes to the development of young people from the neighborhood, who then make their own contribution to the development of their immediate surroundings and the country as a whole.
There is a good relationship and established links with the community, and the school has been successful both in cleaning actions and in awareness campaigns about common diseases from malaria to HIV/AIDS.
EPP Benguela enjoys the support of parents and guardians, who appreciate the importance of the practical and academic education their children receive. There is also a good relationship between the school and the municipal and provincial authorities, especially with the education authorities.