Angola in brief
Angola is a country with a booming economy. However, a large percentage of the Angolan population is still illiterate (World Bank data for the period 2005-2009 state that adult literacy rate in the country is only 71%). This is simultaneously a cause and an effect of the poor quality of the education system, which still lacks of capable and trained human resources. The main issues in education system are the teachers’ weak academic background and pedagogical skills, lack of involvement of local community in the education process, low access to learning and teaching materials and gaps in management capacity.
People in Need believes that the quality of teaching provided at the primary schools in Bié and Huambo provinces can be enhanced by improving their quality of education management. PIN hence focuses on institutional strengthening of direction staff in several levels of the educational sector. When working with managerial teams from departments like Planning and Statistic, School Inspection, Continuous Capacity Building of Teachers, at provincial and municipal level, the programme also aims to support them in fulfilling their potential and responsibilities regarding the improvement of the quality of teaching methodologies and practices implemented by primary school teachers.
PIN coordinates all activities in order to avoid duplication of programmes and assists with implementation directly in the target areas. The actual level of cooperation with local authorities was facilitated by PIN expertise in Angolan educational sector. It has started with the building of schools in remote areas back in 2006, then distant learning courses for teachers, literacy courses in remote communes and several trainings for primary school teachers, didactic materials for rural areas and methodological trainings for directors.