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Responsible defends that children from Huíla should have bilingual classes

An education official in Huíla province defended the implementation of a bilingual education system, “especially in more remote areas” of the province, where most children do not speak Portuguese.


Benício Puna, provincial coordinator of the Pedagogical Influence Zone (ZIP) of Huíla, says that "one of the great concerns is the reinforcement of teaching activities, particularly in the most remote areas where most children do not speak Portuguese."

"Our perception is that teachers who are placed, for example in those areas, must also have a certain command of the local language, because we know that children often learn more effectively in this combination of Portuguese and their local language", said the responsible to Lusa.

According to the coordinator of ZIP-Huíla, with bilingual education (in Portuguese and local languages) "children should easily absorb knowledge and, consequently, be more productive".

Luanda hosts, from Wednesday to Saturday, a training cycle that aims to strengthen the skills of teachers from 18 provinces on the pedagogical practice of Portuguese Language, Mathematics and other fields.

For Benício Puna, it is necessary that the training action has "more methodological skills" to be able to better support those teachers who are more than 400 kilometers from the municipal headquarters of Lubango.

"Many times, it is the teachers who rarely attend urban areas where Portuguese is much more active", he commented, in addition to pointing out the "situation of transhumance" and "the mobility of children today in search of better conditions".

"Also taking into account the crisis that we are going through and these children need to be better equipped so that they can learn Portuguese and we understand that this is a great concern," he insisted.

Umbundu and Nhaneca Humbi are some of the national languages ​​spoken in Huíla province, in the south of the country.

According to the Constitution, the official language of the Republic of Angola is Portuguese, but the State "values ​​and promotes the study, teaching and use of the other languages ​​of the country".

The training aimed at primary and secondary school teachers, school directors and other agents in the teaching and learning process is an initiative of the Ministry of Education, within the scope of the Learning for All Project (PAT), financed by the World Bank.