EPF Kuando Kubango saw the first team of 40 trainee teachers complete their education in 2015, graduating before more than 700 guests in January 2016. With start-up support from the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and UFF Finland, and funding for construction from the Provincial Government, the school is providing a much needed boost to development in the province.
An annual intake of 90 students means hundreds of local primary pupils and thousands of pupils in rural communities are benefiting from the presence at their schools of trainees from EPF 2nd and 3rd Year respectively. The 3rd Year students are reaching whole communities, with health, hygiene, adult education, entrepreneurship, nutrition, sport, construction and tree planting projects. In some communities, as in the case of Chihongo, the presence of EPF trainee teachers allows the authorities to increase access to quality education for children of primary school age. Meanwhile, 2nd Year students spend three days a week at local primary schools, gaining classroom experience and extending their ideas and pedagogical influence by undertaking extracurricular activities with their pupils.
On graduation, these young people will take their training and experiences back to primary schools throughout the country, and they will continue to make a difference for generations to come.