Eiffel Schools – Breeding ground for the energy of the future
Total, the Angolan Ministry of Education and the French Laic Mission share a fundamental commitment to Education
… More than one hundred young Angolans are now equipped with the necessary tools to pursue a successful academic career. Since it started in 2009 until the end of the academic year in 2015, the Eiffel Schools trained 1250 students, more than a half hundred of which were granted a scholarship for university in Angola or abroad.
Total commitment to education through a strong partnership
The Eiffel Schools are the results of a partnership, signed in 2008 between the Angolan Ministry of Education, Total E&P Angola and the French Laic Mission (Mission Laïque Française). At the end of 2015, an addendum to the Protocol was signed, which envisions the angolanization of 100% of the school management positions by 2017. Bengo, Kwanza Norte, Malange and Cunene were the provinces chosen for the implementation of this educational project, to meet the educational needs of population in provinces other than the capital. Total E&P Angola was responsible for building the Eiffel Schools. As a partner, this reflects our commitment to support Angola’s economic and human development (the energy of the future). The French Laic Mission (Mission Laïque Française) is responsible for school management.
Eiffel Schools contributing to a better education for Angola
These four secondary schools welcome students between 13 and 19 years old free of charge. Applicants go through a rigorous entrance exam and only students with the best test scores are admitted. School curriculum is centred on sciences (mathematics, chemistry, biology), however foreign languages (English and French) are parts of the mandatory courses, to ensure curriculum relevancy to the academic world and a globalized labour market. During the first 3 months, suitable support courses are offered for disciplines that have a higher failure rate (ex: mathematics) to have a uniform ability level in class and enable an appropriate pace and progress throughout the year. The Angolan Ministry of Education organizes every year a national contest called “Math Olympiads” to develop mathematical intuition and stimulate a love for the subject. In the 2013 edition, a student from Eiffel School Malange won the 1st prize, the 2nd going to a student from the Eiffel School Cunene. In 2015, the 2nd prize went to a student from the Cunene Eiffel, and even the 5th and 6th places went to two students from Eiffel of Caxito. The success of our investment in the energy of the future is attested by the progress of our Eiffel Schools graduates. Every year the quality of these students is getting better and better, thanks to continuing investment and the improvements introduced to their syllabus. Universities in Europe, Africa and even in Angola have served as examples where around 70% of 2015 graduates are currently studying.