Quality education for all and with an impact on the future!

“It is needed a community to educate a child”.

Educating is a complex task that requires the effort of several actors and is therefore considered one of the great pillars of social and human development. Education must allow the acquisition of basic theoretical and practical knowledge that gives us a vision of the world in which we live and must allow the creation of an attitude and capacity to act according to contemporary challenges. However, a quality education creates reflective tools essential to the training of any citizen. Informed and critical citizens create societies that are more fair and able to adapt and respond to the problems they face. The challenges that the actuality imposes to Education are large and complex. There is no Education without peace, stability and prosperity. And there is no Education without teachers – not the holders of knowledge, but those responsible for captivating and triggering the will and curiosity to learn. Qualified teachers are needed, motivated and able to understand the decisive role they have in the development of rural communities. And if we aim to have more girls in schools, let’s start by having more female teachers. Let us work for a citizen education focused on local development and promoting peace and prosperity.

That is, why ADPP GB has two projects in the area of Education: the Teacher Training School in Bachil, Cacheu region, and the Vocational School in Bissorã, Oio region.

The DNS Teacher Training Program

The Teacher Training College (TTC) started in 2012 with a three-year program, from which young people can become teachers for Primary Education (1st and 2nd cycle). The program aims to motivate and challenge them to be teachers in rural areas, where education is less accessible and therefore needs more teachers. Training is student-centered, respecting their learning pace. It is also a very practical training and has several internship periods in the communities. In 2019, 48 primary schools in Cacheu region benefited from the training activities of the different TTC classes. They also benefited from human rights awareness through a project financed by the Netherlands Embassy in Dakar. By 2019, TTC graduated 165 teachers, 49 of which in the year of 2019. As the training program is recognized by the Ministry of Education, graduates integrate into the system of the Government of Guinea-Bissau. In 2019, 47 new students started training, of which 49% are women. We are thus closer to the goal of gender parity that we are aiming for. Within the TTC facilities there is a school attended by 70 children from the neighbouring community, where two female teachers from the community work and where TTC students constantly make their contribution, and thus will have the possibility of having continuous pedagogical practice.

Vocational School Bissorã

The Vocational School of Bissorã offers vocational training, which is widely considered to be fundamental to the development of any country. This allows the country to move forward in key areas and gives technicians the chance to find jobs or create their own business. 2019 was a year of great achievements for a service that has been operating since 1997. For the first time, 13 courses were taught in an academic year, making a total of 189 graduates, out of a universe of 1,773 graduates since its creation. The Vocational School of Bissorã taught the usual 11-month courses: Agriculture, Civil Construction, Plumbing & Hand Pumps, Commerce & Administration, Basic Electricity & Solar Energy and Advanced Electricity & Solar Energy created in partnership with the Schneider Electrics Foundation. The courses of Cutting & Sewing, Mechanisation of Motorcycles & Bicycles and Computing, Repair & Maintenance of Computers, implemented in partnership with the NGO Sol Sem Fronteiras and financed by Instituto Camões, IP, were added to the school curriculum. Through the Rice Value Chain Development Project, financed by the African Development Bank, short courses in rice farming, agricultural mechanisation were implemented and the Agricultural Entrepreneurship (agribusiness) course started with 19 students who will finish at early 2020. The school was able to reach young people in the nine administrative regions of Guinea-Bissau and create more opportunities to balance access to vocational training for young women.