EPP Viana has been offering practical and theoretical education under the EPP program since 2012. The school is currently located in Zango II. As an institution, it began in 1996 in Viana, Luanda, offering vocational courses recognized by the National Institute of Employment and Vocational Training.
The EPP program is a three-year lower secondary course from 7th to 9th grade, combining academic and practical education. EPP Viana enrolls students from the local area, who are between 12 and 20 years of age and who have completed 6th grade. The second team to complete the three-year program graduated in January 2016.
Project Activities and Results
63 students completed 9th Grade in 2015, and graduated at a ceremony held at EPP Viana on 12 January 2016. There were 36 male and 27 female students. Approximately 150 people attended the graduation ceremony, including Sr Carlos, the Municipal Education Director, the Section Head from Planning, Statistics and Human Resources at Viana Education Office, representatives from ADPP, Viana municipal administration and Zango II Neighbourhood Committee, and the families and friends of the students.
The ceremony included songs, speeches on the part of ADPP, Viana Municipal Administration, the Municipal Education Office and the students themselves, and concluded with the awarding of diplomas. Many of the graduates are still very young, and almost all will be continuing their studies or professional training.
The Effects of the Project
EPP Viana students experience a very different form of learning, where they play an active role in acquiring knowledge and gaining experience in practical subjects. Collaboration with the parents is good and the board works with the parents’ association to drive the school forward. The school is an integral part of the community, with which there are strong ties. As for the relationship with the authorities, including the education department, this is also positive.