Tomas Ferreira school
Comandante Tomas Ferreira is located in the town of Benguela, in the Benguela Province. The school was built in the 1980s, but suffered from damage in the war and years of disrepair. With great need for infrastructure in the area, the school applied for funding. BP Angola and Partners responded, and asked RISE to repair 12 classrooms and the office area, as well as build 12 new classrooms and a basketball court. There are 2115 junior secondary school students in 7th, 8th and 9th grade.
In recent years, class continued to be held in the damaged rooms. Students were shifted to temporary classrooms so construction could begin as the Ministry of Education did not want to disrupt the education process. The school was dedicated on August 26, 2016, with much joy and celebration.
Tomas Ferreira sits on a large piece of property, with the 24 classrooms, offices, bathrooms, and outdoor space creating a wonderful campus setting. With funds from BP Angola, a library was established in April 2017 – students have never seen nor been to a library and are excited to have access to amazing books and resources.
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