Strengthening Teacher Training in Angola
From 2013, the 14 Teacher Training Colleges, run by ADPP Angola in close cooperation with the Ministry of Education, was extended from 2.5 to 3 years. Each year has its own special headline and themes. The programme has been revised and refreshed to provide more challenges.
New students embark on a learning exercise called The International Year of the Teacher, learning about the world and about themselves, overcoming frontiers literally as well as personally. Bussing our Continent is among the highlights, and takes the students on a four-month voyage of study and discovery through southern Africa where they learn at first hand about life in the countries through which they travel. Planning the voyage is equally as important, as is sharing their experiences and knowledge acquired when they return.
“Another Kind of School” is the title of the second year, where students gain their first experiences of teaching in rural primary schools. Theory and practice go hand in hand as the students learn and then try out new, modern and child-friendly ideas in the classroom. The latter part of the year is devoted to learning to plan and implement community projects in the neighborhood.
Final year students build on their accumulated experiences and learn to be Another Kind of Teacher, living and working in rural communities, teaching primary school pupils and carrying out community projects. Even before graduating, they will have had a major impact on the lives of many people.
This broad brushed three-year framework holds 6,660 hours of studies, as well as courses and a wide range of daily experiences that together help shape the students as well informed, knowledgeable, practical, resourceful and capable teachers.
The original teacher training programme comprised eight periods of varying length and ran over two and a half years. It taught the students about national and international affairs, about practical matters and skills, about modern teaching methods and community building and it gave the students short term and long term teaching practice.
Team 2012 is the last team to follow this programme. By the end of 2013, they were fully prepared for their one year teaching practice which they went for in 2014.