After a short meeting at the education authorities from Namibe we finally went to our first school visit, together with the General Director of Education and some of his Staff.
The 4ht grade children of the school named “scola n°37” welcomed us friendly and kindly with a nice speech prepared in English and in Portuguese. The school looked great! A beautiful courtyard, a well maintained and clean building and facilities like a library, a nursery and bathrooms.
This is one of the schools that had received support from UNICEF for child friendly teaching we could see this reflecting in the proud teaching staff and the happy children.
There children try to learn by using modern teaching methods,such as small laptops in order to allow a better and fast understanding. The computer class is an absolute hit, as school attendance rate climbed up to 100%! Non of the students want to miss out on this lesson.
But the challenges for education in Angola remain, especially in the rural areas, where such well equipped schools are still rare. And even at this school the number of laptops is limited and not all age groups get the benefit of working with them.
Gwen who joined us from UNICEF Angola for the entire trip introduced us to the pupils and teachers and explained the reason for visit.
The school also has a Medical room for emergency cases and when children fall ill while being at school. The room is well equipped but the conditions could still be better, as the nurse was missing some more working materials.