The School

We are so excited to share a preview of the architectural plans for the new campus of the Institute Polytechnic Dr. Alba, designed by leader and architect, Dr. Albino Vaz Ferreira!

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Institute Polytechnic Dr. Albas (IPDA)

The Institute Polytechnic Dr. Albas (IPDA) is meant to be an educational model for developing an efficient and internationally competitive school system in the Republic of Guinea-Bissau through the implementation of a new educational model for Guinea-Bissau. The administrator of the school will be Dr. Albino Vaz Ferreira (Dr. Albas).

IPDA is a private educational institution which currently owns and operates within a 2-story building in Bairo De Ajuda in Bissau (Bairo De Ajuda) and a 6 acre parcel of land, located 5 km from the center of the capitol in Antula Ndame (Antula Ndame).

IPDA is intended to be a school/training center model that can be used as an example to improve the educational system of the country, with the objective of providing quality education in technical and professional fields to its students. The implementation of this educational program will include the following: I) research and training; II) a specialized polytechnic school; and III) a technological center with intensive training courses.

IPDA will build on results of research projects focused on the improvement of educational systems to work to solve the endemic problems associated within Guinea-Bissau’s educational system. One of the primary tasks of this program is to train educators through conferences, seminars and classes how to prepare curriculums and conduct academic achievement testing. IPDA will hire education experts, staff members with advanced degrees, and foreign volunteer teachers to aid in this program.

The polytechnic school, will be one branch of IPDA and include a high school and professional high school. The high school curriculum will cover required/general education courses and elective courses. The professional high school will allow students to specialize in a particular subject, with a more focused curriculum. All courses of study will be three years long, for more details please see tables in appendix.

The technological center will run intensive courses to prepare students for professional settings with skills that are applicable for the workforce. These courses will include computer management and use and foreign language, see tables for complete list of courses offered.

Upon the reception of enough funding, construction of the IPDA campus is to be completed in two years.

IPDA wants to prepare and give students the resources to continue to university abroad if they so choose. Currently, students are not fully prepared for university level course work. IPDA hopes to change that and plans to give students the resources to prepare them for their futures.

The SOS school system in Guinea-Bissau (http://www.sos-schools.org/africa/guineabissau) is an example of a school that brings educational resources to areas of the population where the system is inadequate or non-existent. IPDA wants to expand on this model to not only have an impact on a larger portion of the population but also expand the curriculum to include high school and professional high school.  In Guinea-Bissau, school enrollment was 311,000 in 2014, 279,000 of those students were enrolled in primary school according to the Education Policy and Data Center website. IPDA hopes to enroll approximately 1080 students for the first year in the school. Upon completion of the construction of the new campus on the parcel, enrollment at IPDA will be approximately 2020 students. IPDA aims to enroll approximately 1080 students for the first year in the school. Upon completion of the construction of the new campus on the parcel, enrollment at IPDA will be approximately 2020 students. IPDA will be building on a model to redefine the educational system and hopefully, this model can be recreated throughout the country.  IPDA will provide quality education and training to its students and create a positive learning environment to help keep at risk youth off the streets and in school. IPDA will also create study abroad opportunities for its students. It will have a large impact on how education is approached in GuInea-Bissau. Countries with a well-educated population and skilled workforce are more able to support their economy. IPDA aims to improve the economy of Guinea-Bissau by providing high-quality education and by providing opportunities to its youth otherwise unavailable within the country.

DESCRIPTION OF THE PROJECT

The project will result in a fully self-sufficient institute with approximately 2020 students from kindergarten through professional high school. The phases of the project are as follows:

The renovation of the building in Bairo Da Ajuda, this building will initially house IPDA. The remodel will consist of building two extra rooms and making all existing and new rooms into usable classrooms, bathrooms, etc. The second phase of the project will include purchasing equipment and materials for the school, licensing of the school with the Camara Municipal and running advertisements on local radio, TV, and newspapers to attract interest. The next phase will include officially hiring the teachers listed in Organization Background and History and searching for qualified personnel to complete the staff. Following the hiring of the staff, IPDA will enroll students for its inaugural class.

At this time the initial phases of the project will be complete and IPDA will be actively running as a school. The next phases will conclude the construction of IPDA’s campus in Antula Name. Initially, a wall will be constructed around the 6-acre parcel. The wall will be built to define the boundaries of the land and ensure the safety of the students once the campus is built. The next phase will be construction of the campus including school buildings, kitchen, etc. The campus will be approximately 2 acres with 28 classrooms, 24 classrooms in the high school and 4 classrooms in the technology center. Construction of the campus will begin with the buildings on the left portion of the graphic model (buildings 1-12, see photos and table below). Once that construction is complete the remaining buildings of the campus will be constructed (buildings 13-24); a portion of these facilities will house and feed students, which will be part of the program to educate and provide aid to underprivileged youth from the surrounding regions of the country. A second license will need to be obtained to comply with government regulations and begin running the school on the new campus. Advertising will be conducted in a similar way to the initial advertisement phase. The campus will then need to obtain more materials and furnishings for the new expanded campus. Upon completion of these phases, more personnel will be hired to accommodate the larger student population. The building in Bairo De Ajuda will continue to be utilized as a school building for IPDA.

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