Planet Aid sent its first container of clothing to Angola in 1998 and continued to support development projects in the country through its sister organization Ajuda de Desenvolvimento de Povo para Povo (ADPP) Angola. ADPP worked hand in hand with the Government of Angola to implement programs that were in line with the nation’s official strategic development plans.
Planet Aid’s focus of support in Angola is on the educational sector, supporting needed programs in vocational training as well as a network of primary school teacher training colleges.
In 1995, ADPP entered into an agreement with the Angolan Ministry of Education to establish a nationwide primary school teacher-training program. The agreement set forth plans for constructing 18 colleges to provide pre-service training for teachers, specifically reaching out to rural and peri-urban areas where the need for qualified teachers is very great. ADPP established the first 12 colleges, which together graduate approximately 2,500 new qualified teachers per year.
The teacher-training program was based on a comprehensive model that provided students with pedagogical qualifications and practical skills needed to live and work in rural areas. Graduates of the colleges are prepared to cultivate the minds of the next generation and inspire them with a positive desire to learn and complete their education. The program is also unique in that it trained teachers to go beyond the classroom to lead community development projects. These projects range from building new wells to helping raise awareness about HIV prevention. Read more about Teacher Training.
ADPP operated three vocational schools in Cabinda, Benguela and Luanda provinces since 1994, and has graduated more than 2,000 students. The schools were established under an agreement between ADPP and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the National Institute for Employment and Professional Training. The training options include construction, mechanics, electricity, catering and tourism, business administration, and agriculture.
ADPP also developed a new concept for lower secondary level education (7th-9th grade), whereby the teaching of academic subjects was combined with training in professional technical skills. This new curriculum was based on the obvious need for better education and training of young students to prepare them to enter the work force, and is a result of ADPP’s long experience in the vocational sector. Read more about Vocational Schools.
The Children’s School Caxito, constructed in 1986 in partnership with the country's Ministry of Education, was ADPP Angola's first project. It was established to provide a home and good basic education for orphans and children who had lost contact with their parents due to war. Boarding facilities cater to students from rural parts of adjacent provinces.
In 2011, the project adapted the Polyvalent and Professional School (EPP) program. EPP Caxito offers a three-year lower secondary education (seventh to ninth grade), combining theory and practice. The school enrolls local students between the ages of 12 and 20, and aims to educate and expand knowledge and skills, in a bid to graduate well-rounded, capable, dynamic individuals who can contribute to the development of Angola.
The school offers a focus in three professions: Energy Assistant, Food Producer, and Modern Cook. Since the inception of the new program, a total of 159 students have graduated from EPP Caxito.