Since 2012


Co-funded by

  • Osisa
  • Embaixada do Japão

“Palankinha” was the name chosen by the children who study in the Nr. 5052 Elementary School in the municipality of Viana (Luanda, Angola), for the APDES project developed in partnership with the Associação Angolana para a Educação de Adultos (Angolan Association for the Education of Adults). This project is also supported by the Angolan Ministry of Education.

This project is perceived as an instrument for the promotion of the community development and it is organised according to several dimensions:

  • Architectural rehabilitation planned by PARQ Arquitetos Lda., co-funded by the Embassy of Japan in Angola. The first phase ended on December 2014 and the second phase is currently at the application stage.
  • Creation of a teaching team through the organisation of training sessions and the implementation of a pedagogical model of citizenship education, co-funded by the Open Society Initiative South Africa.
  • Promotion of programs and services in healthcare, employment and other areas.

The pioneering character of this “model school” is justified by the communitarian and participative dynamics that will become a mark in all the dimensions of the project: an architectural design that seeks the balance with the neighbourhood’s “urban density”, the respect for the environment through the use of local material and labour force and also the pedagogical model that will be implemented (based on the Escola da Ponte (Portugal) model).

This project is supported by RECI, part of FCT's network of E&D research units.

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