Planet Aid sent its first container of clothing to Angola in 1998 and has continued to support development projects in the country through its sister organization Ajuda de Desenvolvimento de Povo para Povo, or ADPP Angola. ADPP Angola works hand in hand with the Government of Angola to implement programs that are 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 Angola 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 great. ADPP Angola established the first 12 colleges, which together graduate approximately 2,500 new qualified teachers per year.
The teacher-training program is based on a comprehensive model that provided students with the pedagogical qualifications and the 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 trains 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 Angola has operated vocational schools in multiple provinces since 1994. The schools were established under an agreement between ADPP Angola and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the National Institute for Employment and Professional Training. The training options included construction, mechanics, electricity, catering and tourism, business administration, and agriculture.
In 2011, the project adapted the Polyvalent and Professional School (EPP) program. The three EPP schools in Caxito, Huambo, and Luanda, offer three-year lower secondary education (seventh to ninth grade), combining theory and practice. The schools enroll local students between the ages of 12 and 20, and aim 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. 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. Its success is a result of ADPP Angola’s long experience in the vocational sector.
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.