Teacher Training School ADPP Huambo
Most Significant Change
On December 11, 2018, 51 students from Team 2016 attended the Director's course entitled "The Changes We Can Make in Schools and Communities and Our Own Changes as Students during three Years at Teacher Training School ADPP Huambo"
As part of the course, nine students presented their experiences on this topic.
Firstly the changes that students made in their schools and in the communities where they worked as part of the three-year training program to be Another Kind of Teacher.
The 31 pupils in the class
Maria Teresa explains that the 31 pupils in her 2nd Grade class have learned a lot this year. 15 pupils knew very little mathematics at the beginning of the year but in the examinations, 11 of them were successful, resulting in 27 out of the 31 passing their math test.
She chose mathematics for her pedagogical synopsis, worked with the pupils in the afternoons, always gave them homework, and visited their homes to speak with the parents about strengthening their studies.
Did Maria Teresa create change? Yes, at least 27 of the pupils in the class, and especially the 11 weaker pupils who managed to catch up, now have a solid basis for future studies.
Cleaning the school
Idalina and Isabel explain that the trainees took the initiative to improve cleaning at the school. They have made it a habit for teachers and pupils to clean together every Friday afternoon and Monday morning. They arranged to have cloths to mop the floor tiles in the classroom, collected trash and dug a garbage pit. The trainees organized the parents to establish a Parents’ Committee and a point on the agenda of the meetings was the cleaning of the school.
Did Idalina and Isabel create change? Yes, they think that the teachers and pupils continue to clean the school well, even in their absence.
Fight against malaria
Marta explains that in the week the trainees arrived in her village, three children died of malaria. So, during the year they carried out various actions to inform about malaria prevention. At first they went from house to house, and they always explained about malaria prevention whenever they were together with people. They also collected rubbish, together with the inhabitants of the village, around the houses. In collaboration with the community, it was decided no longer to grow corn near the homes and during the growing season there was a reduction in this practice.
In June 2018, an organization distributed mosquito nets to all houses in this village and also in other villages of the Municipality of Chinjenje. The trainees took part in this action and went from house to house explaining about malaria and helping the people put up the mosquito nets.
Did Marta and the trainees create change? Yes, because there is less malaria now among the population of Cholomba and no more children have died of this disease this year.
In the course of the debate it was clear that all 19 groups of trainees established Youth Clubs in their communities, with regular sessions where they passed on messages against teenage pregnancy and early marriage, about the importance of girls' education, and information on how to avoid pregnancy.
All the trainees have stories of young people who are now studying because of their insistence not to give up their studies.
Maria explains that she was in teaching practice with three colleagues at Elende Missionary School, Ukuma, which has a boarding section for 60 pupils, including 25 girls. It was the trainees more than anyone who took responsibility for the pupils after lessons. They played ball, went hiking, held conversations on the veranda, and all went together to play ball in a neighboring village on Sundays. Thus it was that the trainees explained about topics such as sexuality, early pregnancy, family planning, gender equality, hygiene, nutrition and other matters. They also spoke with the young people of the village of Elende.
During the school year, two pupils became pregnant but, after much debate and discussion, they did not give up studying. Maybe there were "only" two because of all the advice and supervision the pupils received.Did Mary create change? There is more interest now among young people from Elende and at the boarding school to continue studying. Six young people began their studies in the second term and at the end of the year they passed their exams. Maria thinks that the culture around women's equality is changing, with more rights for women including for education, although this all takes time.
The second part was about the changes that the trainees themselves made during the three years as students.
Another Kind of School
Idalina Nahanda explains that she has learned a lot in the various disciplines because the school has a different form of pedagogy, putting her at the forefront of her studies, and with many debates and practical experiences. In her previous school, she remembers mainly situations in the classroom with the teacher writing on the chalkboard while she memorized what he wrote and revised at home.
She said she has also learned another way of life, getting up early, doing morning tasks, practical work and agriculture.
Did Idalina change? Yes, because as a trainee teacher she always used the pedagogical methods of ADPP in her 3rd Grade class of 36 pupils, with debates and working in groups. In addition, she is used to doing practical work and has plans to start up her own business, perhaps with second-hand clothes, which is something she had never done.
Another Kind of Teacher
Daniel explains that when he started at Teacher Training School ADPP - Huambo he had dreams of being a teacher like his EMC (Moral and Civil Education) teacher, a good teacher, but who used only traditional methods. Daniel has learned a lot about ADPP pedagogy, and now proudly explains that he is Another Kind of Teacher. He did his teacher training at ADPP - Zaire in Soyo, where he was a core group teacher for 10 students, holding courses where he always engaged the students and sometimes taking them outside the classroom, into the community.
He also knows the importance of preparing the program and courses well, with planning, lesson plans and didactic material.
When Daniel started at EPF Huambo, he was not very good at math, and in September of his first year he managed only a 7 in a test so he studied math for a whole week along with his colleagues. During teaching practice, his Pedagogical Synopsis was on a mathematics theme and all 10 students in his core group got positive math scores after the many measures he took.
Did Daniel change? Yes, because now he is proud to be Another Kind of Teacher who uses methods involving his students and he is also good at mathematics.
We were 10 people who set up this conversation, having first held a debate about change with many students from the team.
We, ten, concluded that to write about these experiences, we would have to talk about personal matters, matters that we had not yet written about here.
We talked about attitudes of studying and of following the program at this school, about gender equality, about the challenges ahead of creating an economic future for every one of us and yet more things.
At times, our ideas did not coincide
The important thing is that in order to have this debate, everyone showed a maturity, a trust among us and a freedom to speak frankly that the students did not have when they entered this school three years ago, at least not to the same degree. Have these students changed? Yes, we can now have this conversation, between a mixed group of Team 2016. For each of us, this is the basis for future relationships with family, future spouses or wives, and professionally with co-workers. It is important to be Another Kind of Teacher.
Maria Tchokindele Tchindjila, who did teaching practice in Elende, Ukuma, Daniel Martinho dos Santos, in teaching practice ADPP Zaire , Maria Teresa Chipunducua, who was in Bethel, Chikala Tcholohanga, Idalina Chilombo dos Santos and Isabel Naualita Quessongo who were in Uilala, Chinjenje, Idalina Nahanda Chissassa, who was in Calumanda, Caála, Domingos Chissovio Samanjata, who was in Kuatcha, Caála, Horácio Nunes Catundeko, who was in Canchungue, Chikala Tcholohanga and Marta Agosto Talama, who was in Cholomba, Chinjenje.