EPP/Children’s School Huambo
EPP Huambo arose from Huambo Children’s Town, founded in 1991 as a boarding school for orphans and vulnerable children, and subsequently converted into a day school for students when the civil war ended in 2002. Since 2011, the Children’s School has been divided into two sections: a primary and secondary school with pupils from 2nd to 9th grade, and an Escola Polivalente e Profissional (practical and theoretical school) for 7th, 8th and 9th grade. The latter is an all-day school, teaching academic subjects and practical skills, and utilizing new and modern methods.
The EPP course lasts three years and is open to students who have concluded 6th grade. Three teams with a total of 156 students have graduated from EPP Huambo since the inception of this program.
Project Activities and Results
In the first half of 2016, there were 121 students enrolled at EPP Huambo and 942 students at the Children’s School
In December 2015, the third team from EPP Huambo completed their three- year education and graduated on 5 February 2016. 26 male and 17 female students graduated from the team, bringing the total number of graduates to 156. Of the 43 graduated, 20 had taken the Environment Promoter course, while the remaining 23 had followed the Information and Media Assistant course. Only two students failed to complete the course.
Preparation for the graduation ceremony began on 4 February, cleaning, organizing, decorating and writing speeches. The teachers organized a café evening for the students, where they danced and discussed the final preparations for the graduation ceremony. On the day itself, there were around 200 guests, including Team 2016 from neighboring EPF Huambo, participants from Frontline Institute, ADPP project coordinator for Huambo and Bié, ADPP Angola education coordinator, students, parents, other guests and the media.
The program included songs, dances, poetry, plays and speeches, and was rounded off with the presentation of diplomas and certificates and a celebratory lunch.
The majority of the students are continuing their studies at a number of different institutions, including EPF (Teachers Training College), IMA, IMAG, Upper Secondary School, Tuapandula College and Kofrac College.
EPP Students in numbers:
- 7th Grade: 23 students, 15 male and 8 female
- 8th Grade: 45 students, 27 male and 18 female
- 9th Grade: 53 students, 37 male and 16 female
The effects of the project
The effect of EPP Huambo in the neighboring community derives from the transmission of knowledge through talks about a range of topics from environmental matters, to social networks. EPP students also performed numerous cleaning campaigns in the community, as well as investigations and talks about road safety and diseases. The local population is very receptive to these initiatives, and the students themselves benefit from the practice they get in public speaking and conveying information.
There is a good relationship between EPP Huambo, the Municipal Office and the Provincial Directorate of Education, Science and Technology of Huambo. During the first semester, the authorities were kept up to date regarding the duties carried out by the teachers. The school also enjoys the collaboration local entities, such as the Provincial Police Command, when they request assistance in the execution of certain activities.