Angola has made steady progress toward reaching universal primary education. However, according to UNESCO, an additional 217,000 teachers are needed by 2030 to achieve universal primary education. Attrition among new teachers in Angola is particularly high (17%), which is causing the country to lose traction toward its goal.
Humana People to People supports its local member, ADPP Angola, in operating 14 DNS teacher-training colleges in the country. These institutions have produced approximately 5,700 new teachers to date, with 2,800 additional student teachers currently in training. Many of the colleges also offer in-service training for teachers currently employed in rural schools who have little or no pedagogical training —more than 3,000 have received such training. An additional four teacher-training colleges are slated to be established as per an agreement signed with the Government.
ADPP Angola is committed to addressing gender inequalities and has been implementing a program aimed at increasing the number of female graduates from its teacher-training program and improving education for girls in rural areas. The teacher-training colleges have been actively recruiting female applicants and several colleges have already succeeded in increasing female enrollment above 40 percent, with several colleges exceeding 50 percent female enrollment.
The colleges are also helping support the community. For example, in Zaire and Benguela provinces, ADPP–trained teachers have been implementing school-based programs to promote community control of malaria. Teachers at 300 schools have been trained in malaria control techniques and are targeting 190,000 people to reduce the transmission of malaria.
Other ADPP projects include an agreement with the Government, the nonprofit Joint Aid Management, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to implement a school feeding program. ADPP’s contribution to the program includes training 1,500 teachers, establishing 160 school gardens, and providing nutrition education to 850,000 children and community members. ADPP implements projects and programs in most of the country’s provinces. It currently employs 1,100 staff nationwide, and benefits more than 2 million people annually.