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Pedro Gomes Secondary School (ESPG) receives Visit from the West Africa Institute (WAI), 20th March 2018

Escola SecundariaResponding to the invitation of Mrs. Lídia Spencer Lopes dos Santos of Barros e Silva, Project Coordinator at the Pedro Gomes Secondary School (ESPG), the Director General of the West Africa Institute (WAI), Prof. Djénéba Traoré, paid a visit on March 20th, 2018, to the ESPG where she was received by Mrs. Lídia Spencer and the Director of the school, Mr. Cecilio Semedo Cabral. The Director General of WAI was accompanied by Mrs. Vanilde Lopes from WAI Executive Secretariat.

The exchanges took place in the office of the ESPG Director and were focused on the presentation of the school as well as on a possible cooperation with WAI in the field of capacity building in drafting technical school development projects to submit proposals to potential sponsors who can fund ESPG's innovative activities program.

The Pedro Gomes Secondary School, as explained by Mrs. Spencer, is located in the District of Achada Santo António (ASA), in Praia, the capital city of the Republic of Cabo Verde. The school aims to be a reference in Africa and the world through the transmission of scientific knowledge, positive values, well-being and inclusion.

The ESPG began operating during the academic year 1987-1988 in two blocks with 12 classes. Later, in 1997/1998, it was enlarged taking the name Pedro Gomes. Currently, in 2017/18, the school owns 44 classes that operate under the double-split system. It currently hosts approximately 1284 students, 92 teachers and 13 employees, including administrative staff and teaching assistants. The educational offer covers levels from 7th to 12th grade.

The ESPG is an example of diversity with students from the different islands of the country and belonging to various socio-economic and cultural strata. The school also receives children with special educational needs, mainly non-hearing.

The school has a culture of dedication to work, an inclusive policy and a philosophy focused on the transmission of scientific, social and environmental knowledge to students to enable them to enter life with more tools and become citizens. proactive.

Escola Secundaria 2The ESPG is developing the project PBEI - Horto e Património, which is part of a larger project called Promocao do Bem Estar e Inclusão (PBEI) – Promotion of Wellbeing and Inclusion - in the group and the school community in general targeting all three projects in wellbeing, inclusion and empowerment of all actors of education through the development of human resources, history, culture and heritage from Cabo Verde, the creation of structures and mechanisms for positive orientation of the school community, the stimulation of continuing education and technical and vocational training, with a focus on new technologies and play activities that encourage assertive behavior, motivation to learn, increased school success rates and stall reduced.

In her response, the Director General of WAI congratulated the Director of the ESPG, Mr. Cecilio Semedo Cabral and Mrs. Lídia Spencer for their leadership and their strong commitment to make their school an inspiring model at the African and international level. She underlined the importance of new technologies in the process and cited the ECOWAS Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (ECOPOST) as a major document to this effect.

Prof. Djénéba Traoré expressed willingness on the one hand to contribute to the visibility of the ESPG within ECOWAS Member States and institutions and on the other hand to support the school management in its quest for capacity building in the formulation and financing of educational projects.

Started at 10:30, the meeting ended at 12:00 on this optimist note.

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