According to a brief note from the Presidency of the Republic, which VerAngola had access to, the inauguration ceremony took place this Wednesday morning.
"On Wednesday morning, the President of the Republic, João Lourenço, inaugurated School 42 in Luanda, a platform for advanced training in programming and coding whose matrix is French and has centers in dozens of countries around the world", read in the note.
The aforementioned school "has just been implemented" in the country "following steps taken by the Staff Area of the Presidency of the Republic with the promoters of the original idea, in France, and has financial support provided by Sonangol", the statement also says.
It is expected that this school will produce more than 100 "computer experts" annually. "It is planned that every year Escola 42 in Luanda trains 150 computing experts, who will be in a position to compete with the best in this area of technological knowledge at world level", the note also indicates.
On the occasion, the head of state – who was accompanied, among other entities, by the first lady of the Republic – visited some areas of the school and was informed about how it works.
According to Angop, the teaching establishment, operating at the Higher Polytechnic Institute of Technologies and Communication (ISPTEC), in Talatona, has approximately 300 computers.
Here, learning is done in a less conventional way: there are no teachers, manuals, classes or set schedules, it is not necessary to have programming knowledge or any academic degree. According to Angop, students learn by developing projects, which allow them to add points and pass the level.
After retaining the basics, each student is free to chart their own path, selecting projects that help them to learn more in the fields that arouse their most interest. The school program, according to Angop, comprises 21 levels of learning, with branches in computer graphics, AI, web and mobile development, network administration and cybersecurity available.
The school, open throughout the year, is totally free, as well as inclusive, and students are only required to be at least 17 years old, writes Angop, who adds that the selection of candidates is done through an instrument automatic.
It should also be noted that this educational establishment makes Angola the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to host this initiative, which was born in Paris in 2013. This network of schools, known as 'A42', has more than 18 thousand students divided into 50 schools distributed around the world, writes Angop.