Education & Training Sector

An Expert's View about Education in Angola

Posted on: 25 Aug 2012

The Angolan education system is now racing to catch up to ensure that a second generation does not follow in its predecessors’ footsteps.

Education & Training Sector in Angola Three decades of war devastated the education system, leaving a generation untaught. The government is committed to reforms, and will look beyond its borders to give its population the skills to help them compete on an international level. Market overview The Angolan education system is now racing to catch up to ensure that a second generation does not follow in its predecessors’ footsteps. The government is committed to reforming the sector as part of its Millennium Development Goals, financed by massive and sustainable rents from oil and gas production. In 1999, an estimated 42% of Angolan adults were considered illiterate, and in 2009, some six years after the ceasefire, more than 20% of under 17s had never attended school. This is despite education being compulsory and free for 7-15 year-olds. The average Angolan child would have spent 4.4 years in education. While secondary schools and higher education institutions exist, the quality of teaching is often low, fees can be high and some courses and degrees have restricted entry. A result of this is that enterprises in the private sector often choose to train their staff themselves. This includes a variety of managerial courses, languague training and techinical courses relevant for the oil industry. The majority of such training takes place abroad, Portugal, Brazil, South Africa, the US, and increasingly the UK. The ‘lost’ generation could be the backbone of Angola’s reconstruction. The country is desperate for electricians, plumbers, carpenters, mechanics, technicians, masons, etc, etc. The ‘Angolanisation’ of the workforce demands an increase in the provision of such vocational skills. The ‘British brand’ is perceived in Angola to offer quality and consistency, and distinguished the UK from many of its competitiors: this is especially the case for the British education sector. Many Angolans in leadership positions in business and politics studied in British universities and many of their children are following in their parents’ footsteps The sector is managed by three Angolan ministries, Education; Higher Education; and Social Reinsertion for vocational education. Key opportunities ξ English language ξ Professional development ξ Managerial training ξ Health and safety ξ Teacher training ξ Professional services ξ Traditional trades ξ Engineering ξ Primary, secondary and tertiary education ξ Basic schooling equipment ξ Scientific equipment ξ ICT – 21st century classroom ξ University partnerships ξ Distance learning programmes ξ Certification and accreditation Latest export opportunities – Education & Training Latest export opportunities - Angola Getting into the market Doing business in Angola is not straightforward. The complexity and bureaucratic nature of the business environment requires careful guidance for first time business visitors and companies wishing to do business here. We suggest the following tips: •Perform due diligence using a reputable local law firm specialised in doing business in Angola •Visit regularly and develop face to face relationships with local contacts •Forming a Joint Venture with a local company can facilitate the process of establishing in Angola •Finding a local partner who is well known and well connected •Be prepared that market entry can take longer and cost more than in other countries Businesses which can provide additional services such as training in conjunction with their products often have an advantage in the market. Market entry and start up Considerations ξ The registration and licensing process is bureaucratic and time consuming ξ The 2011 Private Investment Law requires a minimum investment of $1 million in order to benefit from incentives ξ The government must approve any project involving the oil and gas sector. ξ The government and its organisations are not considered easy to deal with ξ Local content requirements demand that companies purchase most of their services from companies that are wholly or partially Angolan owned ξ The government is in the process of ‘Angolanising’ the workforce, requiring companies to hire Angolan nationals, unless there are no qualified nationals available. More about doing business in Angola Contacts Market intelligence is critical when doing business overseas, and UKTI can provide bespoke market research and support during overseas visits though our chargeable Overseas Market Introduction Service (OMIS). To commission research or for general advice about the market, get in touch with our specialists in country - or contact your local international trade team. Jose Paulo British Embassy Luanda. Tel: +244 222 397 681 or Contact your local international trade team Major Events Event: Educa Angola Date: 8 – 11 November 2012 Website address: UKTI Events UKTI runs a range of events for exporters, including seminars in the UK, trade missions to overseas markets and support for attendance at overseas trade shows. Latest events – Education & Training Latest events – Angola Useful links More about OMIS and other UKTI services for exporters
Posted: 25 August 2012