Teacher Training School ADPP Malange
Teacher Training School ADPP Malange is situated near the village of Lombe in the municipality of Cacuso, Malange Province. The school started in 2007 and has graduated 729 primary teachers, 160 of whom are female. The graduated primary teachersare now working in the provinces of Malange itself as well as in Uige, Moxico, Kwanza Sul and Kwanza Norte
Activities and Results of the Project
There are currently 221 students at the school, divided among three teams:
- Team 2016: 75 students, 15 female and 60 male
- Team 2017: 56 students, 13 female and 43 male
- Team 2018: 90 students, 14 female and 76 male
The Effects of the Project
Teacher Training School ADPP Malange is providing quality training for young people, who are contributing to significant improvements in the educational system. 2nd and 3rd Year students are making a major difference to the education received by primary pupils, first by providing additional support for class teachers and secondly by introducing modern and child friendly methods to the classroom. The energy and commitment of the trainees, backed by sound pedagogical practices, is helping raise the level of school attendance. Close collaboration with local, municipal and provincial authorities is key. Rural communities continue to benefit from the micro projects implemented by the trainees in their final year.
Team 2016 is in long term teaching practice at rural schools, working in the classroom and implementing micro projects and community activities after lessons. Approximately 2,100 pupils are benefiting from the presence of the students in such municipalities as Cacuso, Calandula, and Kiwabi Nzogi. The students are making an effort to ensure as many children as possible attend school, and they visit the parents of absentees to encourage them to meet up every day, as in the case of Zenguele Mission School.
The micro projects are already having an impact through literacy lessons, for example. In Caculama, 50 parents and guardians are being helped, and in another group there are seven women who have learned to read. A further project in Caculama is a vegetable garden that is providing sustenance while producing surplus to sell at the local market. With the money earned, those involved can buy other products.
A Midway Meeting was held in the second week of May, during which the students presented progress and results. Supervision visits to the students in the first semester proved very useful for helping resolve doubts and problems.
Research topics include which products are most commonly cultivated, what are the predominant diseases and how they are being tackled, and what is the economic basis in the region. Among the community activities being carried out is tree planting, where each student has a goal of 50 trees, and they are involving the pupils and their parents in this action.
Team 2014 is completing the final year of teacher training, and the students are currently working in rural primary schools. There are 84 students, 67 male and 17 female. Apart from teaching full-time, the trainees have to complete study tasks, work with the community, implement micro projects and carry out pedagogical research. As part of the micro projects, trainee teachers were engaged in different activities with the communal leadership in fight against malaria, awareness raising on HIV/AIDS as well as the prevention of yellow fever and developing small business. Students are also creating gardens for school with the participation of students in the form of learning programs in communities also are giving literacy classes .
At the first Midway Meeting held at EPF Malange, all of the above were discussed in order to evaluate progress and give direction for the subsequent term. The meeting went very well with the trainees which showed scores of studies by nuclear groups and exchanged experiences from one group to another and vice versa. The 5 day meeting with trainees ended as per the plan and the trainees returned to rural areas prepared to face the second quarter.
Team 2015 has 94 students, 69 male and 25 female. They are carrying out pedagogical practice three days a week at local primary schools, and spending the rest of the week completing studies, attending courses and undertaking other activities at EPF Malange. The schools in question are Escola do Kafundanga, Escola da Passagem, Escola Jica da 205, Escola da Missão and Escola do Kajimbulo. Working in pairs, the students’ presence is benefiting at least 1,000 primary pupils. They are both assisting the class teacher and giving their own lessons, and the pupils are reacting very positively to having the trainees at their schools.
In the afternoons, the students are carrying out extracurricular activities with the primary pupils. Some are holding clubs in English or math, for example, to provide extra help for those pupils who have difficulties in these subjects. Others are undertaking maintenance of classrooms, digging school latrines or organizing sport.
There are 70 students in Team 2016, 53 male and 17 female. A number of them come from neighbouring provinces, and many are from areas where EPF students have done teacher training or where EPF students live. Some arrived accompanied by family members, while others came alone.
The first of three periods to be completed in 1st Year centred on preparing for a three-month study trip in Angola. Working in core groups of ten, the students studied and attended courses about Africa and the modern world, decided which routes to take from Malange to Uíge, Kwanza Norte, Kwanza Sul and Bié, and learned about the places they intended to visit. They got to grips with basic economics in order to be able to stick to the travel budget.
Practical preparations were in the form of first aid lessons, instruction in basic mechanics, and investigations. The latter included visiting a farm and living with families, and is an essential part of the students’ training if they are to get the most out of their study trip. They become skilled at seeking information, conducting interviews, writing reports based on their findings, communicating and working with people in rural settings, and being open to new experiences. The first investigations were made in communities close to the school, with subsequent investigations taking the students further afield. Living with relatively poor people in these more distant rural areas made a great impression on the students. They will repeat the experience during their trip, and again in the 2nd year of their studies, thus preparing them for working in rural communities in their final year.