Project name: EPF Bié
Operational area: Bié, Angola
Project Leader: Joaquim Goli
The project idea and the people it reaches
The concept of the project is to train young Angolans to become primary school teachers, specifically for rural areas where they can be in the forefront of educational and community development. The trainees are thus the immediate beneficiaries. The project also reaches thousands of primary pupils during 2nd and 3rd Year teaching practice, and thousands more once the students graduate. At the same time, dozens of primary school teachers benefit from the EPF students’ presence each year, through exchanges of experiences and Pedagogical Sessions. The project reaches community members in the neighborhood of rural schools where 3rd Year students implement microprojects, in addition to people living in the neighborhood of EPF Bié, where 1st and 2nd Year students carry out community activities.
The people at the project
Headmaster, 14 teachers and 10 other employees.
The history in brief
The construction of EPF Bié began in 2005, and the first team started in August 2006 with 86 students. The startup of the school was financed by the Norwegian Embassy in Angola. The school is located in the village of Katabola in Bié Province.
As of 2016, EPF Bié has graduated 648 students, of whom 221 are female. 84 students completed their training this year and will graduate in 2017.
Project Activities and Results
The following is an account of activities during 2016, when there were two teams of students at the school and one team undertaking long-term teaching practice at rural primary schools.
- Team 2014: 92 students, 59 male and 33 female
- Team 2015: 88 students, 45 male and 43 female
- Team 2016: 97 students, 51 male and 46 female
The Effects of the Project
EPF Bié students are demonstrating what can be achieved in the field of education, and even more so since the introduction of the renovated EPF program in 2013. Many people admire the efforts of the 2nd Year students, for example, who spend the morning in the classroom and the afternoon organizing activities, Show Time, visits to the pupils’ homes and meetings with parents and guardian. Together with Saturday Pedagogical Sessions, events at EPF Bié and events at local primary schools, is establishing the school as a pedagogical point of reference at provincial level.
EPF teachers are well-liked in the communities, for their patience, love and commitment. The trainees take teaching seriously, they know every pupil and all the parents, they know how they live and which kind of education they receive at home. Events at the school and actions in the community create a very positive image of EPF Bié in the minds of the people.
The students compare their lives before and after they started studying at EPF Bié and recognize that they have improved. They are thinking, acting and speaking differently, and have become more reflective, with a humanistic attitude.