Namibe in the lead for quality education

Our fourth day in Angola and second day in Namibe started with a visit to school Emilio Ngongo n 63. A school for children of six years and older.

Photo Max Lauterbach
Photo Max Lauterbach

This school exists since two years and it’s beautiful courtyard is surrounded by all the classrooms. The headmaster also showed us the great hall, which is used for events and activities. In addition the teachers also can be use for bringing the children together to learn social skills and practice speaking in front of bigger audiences. The backside of the school is currently under construction but will eventually host computer and server rooms, as well as a school canteen.

Photo Lisa Spitzhuetl
Photo Lisa Spitzhuetl

For fun and entertainment we performed the classic German song “Alle meine Entchen” in front of one of the classes, followed by a short volleyball match with with older kids.

Photo Gerald Folly
Photo Gerald Folly

Next on the agenda was a meeting with the Governor of the Province of Namibe and his administrative staff. He took time for meeting us in order to explain more details about the education system in his province.

Photo by Gerald Folly
Photo by Gerald Folly

We learned that every school in his province should have a canteen for the children. This is important to keep the attention during class but also it helps to improve school attendance rates.

The province of Namibe currently has 91 primary schools, another 20 are currently being constructed. Once the remaining 20 schools are ready to be opened, the need for primary schools in this area should be fully covered.

The recruitment of new teaching staff is not an issue, as the jobs are highly respected and compared to other occupations very well paid. The main challenge remains in the rural ares, where the population is not so densely populated and children have to travel further distances to go to school. To make teaching in rural areas attractive, the government offers complete relocation packages, which is especially attractive for new teachers. When relocating to a rural area for teaching they will get a fully furnished house.

After the meeting we directly headed to visit a pre-school. Read the next blog to find out more.