EPP Caxito has been offering basic academic and practical training to 7th, 8th and 9th Grade students since the inception of the EPP (Escola Polivalente e Profissonais) program in 2011. Boarding facilities have been available at the school since 2012, to accommodate students from rural parts of Bengo.
The school began life in 1986, as ADPP Angola´s very first project. Initially established to cater for children affected by the civil war, the role of the school has adapted over the years to changing circumstances. It retains its function as a center for community activities, and continues to run a primary school for children from the surrounding communities.
27 students graduated at the beginning of the year, after completing their three- year course of training. A total 117 students graduated of whom 39 are female since the start of the school.
Project Activities and Results
27 students graduated from EPP Caxito at a special ceremony held on 14
January. The students represented all three lines on offer at the school, Energy
Assistant, Modern Cook and Food Producer.
The Provincial Director of Education, Science and Technology was present at the ceremony, along with the Vice Governor, the Provincial Director of Youth and Sport, the Provincial Director for the Promotion of Women, secondary school directors, parents and guardians.
The guests were shown around the school, visiting the computer room, the library, biology science laboratories, AV room, workshops, training kitchen and solar panel plant. They were told about the EPP program and about the learning methods, and they inspected displays showing key activities and actions undertaken by EPP students. These included survival trips, digging deep into the professions, test pieces, People’s Exams and maintenance of solar panels and plant.
There are currently 171 students at EPP Caxito:
- 7th Grade: 59 students
- 8th Grade: 67 students
- 9th Grade: 45 students
The Effects of the Project
EPP Caxito provides an opportunity to combine basic studies with highly relevant practical training. This combination suits the large number of young people who, despite general advances in education, fall behind in their studies or fail to see the point of a secondary education.
Local communities benefit from the actions and activities of the school, with health campaigns, cleaning actions, and cultural events being held atregular intervals.
Local, municipal and provincial authorities ollaborate with the school, as they see the program and methods employed are beneficial to the young people and to society in general.