It is now six months since the civil war in Angola ended, and the new government is getting down to tackling the enormous problems facing the country.
It is now six months since the civil war in Angola ended, and the new government is getting down to tackling the enormous problems facing the country. It is having to do so, however, handicapped by a serious lack of skilled people. So although the help of Cuban technicians and experts is easing the situation temporarily, the main long-term priority for the government must be the education of the people.
SYNOPSIS: Most schools in Luanda are now running more or less normally, though often the buildings which house them are temporary - as here where a sports club is being used. Earlier this month President Agostinho Neto said that proper development had to be achieved in the education sector. He said that Angola's pioneers needed more schools and more teachers. The teachers should not just be concentrated in the towns, but dispersed everywhere, especially in the rural areas where there was a high percentage of illiteracy.
President Neto has said that one of his government's aims is to orientate the people towards a full understanding of the advantages of establishing socialism in Angola. In the schools, this political education takes the form of teaching the youngsters to identify the country's aims and ambitions with those of the ruling party - the People's Liberation Movement of Angola. These children are drawing pictures illustrating MPLA victories and exploits.
By teaching the young to identify with the country's new political leadership, its aims and intentions, it is hoped to forge a new unity among the people. This would help the country overcome the immense problems it faces in re-establishing a healthy economy.
President Neto said this month that discipline was an essential factor for achieving their revolution. Indiscipline caused production to fall and helped the enemies of Angola.