Two schools with a total of 16 classrooms have recently opened in 11 de Novembro and Cabaia communities in Benguela and Catumbela municipalities in Benguela province, southwest Angola. Mr. Luis Nunes, the province Governor of Benguela opened the schools accompanied by Adriano Bastos, SVP, bp Angola, Cesar Paxe, ANPG Administrator (the concessionaire), and representatives of bp operated blocks 18 and 31.
Why it matters: The schools directly impact the learning and teaching conditions of approximately 2000 pupils and dozens of teachers of the communities and those around them as they replace zinc plate improvised classrooms which were the reality until very recently.
‘’We thank the sponsors of these schools and our request is for it to be extended to children in other communities too. We will look after the school for the pupils and we will commit to studying to better serve the country’’
-Message from the school pupils
In his address, Adriano Bastos spoke about the importance of schools in society and how it touches him personally.
‘’The opening of these schools mark the opportunity of bringing an element of change to the society as the pupils today will serve the nation tomorrow. For me it is very personal as my mother started her professional life as a schoolteacher in rural areas in Brazil and it is a testament of how it impacts’’
-Adriano Bastos, SVP bp Angola
‘’Our visit today underpins our commitment with our partners and the provincial government of Benguela to support the education sector which supports the sustainable development of our communities through education for future generations as it is the starting point for the stability of a country or region’’.
- Cesar Paxe, ANPG Administrator
Mr.Luis Nunes, the provincial governor, thanked the sponsors and urged the pupils to make the schools their second homes.
‘’We would like to thank bp and its blocks partners for changing the lives of the pupils and teachers of these communities. We look forward to additional support as there are more children without classrooms’’.
-Luis Nunes, Governor of Benguela province ."
Since 2012, bp has funded the construction of 21 schools that impacted more than 20 thousand students in Luanda, Benguela, Huila, Huambo, Cuanza Norte, Cuanza Sul, Bie, Moxico, and Uige provinces.