Improve public education in Visual Arts in São Tomé and Príncipe
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Improve public education in Visual Arts in São Tomé and Príncipe

What if public education in Visual Arts in São Tomé and Príncipe could be improved? This was the challenge I set myself when developing a project in a school context and involvi...

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What if public education in Visual Arts in São Tomé and Príncipe could be improved? This was the challenge I set myself when developing a project in a school context and involving two very different realities, such as the Portuguese and the Santomean.

I landed in São Tomé and Príncipe for the first time in September 2011, to work as a Visual Arts teacher here at the National Lyceum, in the city of São Tomé.

It has been almost 10 years since I first arrived in the islands and during this decade we never lost sight of each other! At the time, I came here as part of a cooperation project supported by official entities.

From my experience on the ground, I could quickly conclude that there were several challenges ahead. Teachers needed tools and methodologies and a more dignified and fair salary to motivate them to hone their craft. Students were lacking a school with classrooms in better condition and more well-equipped, to receive such a large number of students. However, Visual Arts was where I found more deficiencies, in particular the lack of facilities suitable for artistic practice and materials and supports.

To paint the picture for you, students in the Visual Arts course work in a very small, very hot room, with no space to move around, with broken tables and chairs and no easels. They don't even have a cabinet to safely store materials and works. Not to mention the lack of ability to buy materials with their own means.

This reality struck me and I felt that I had to do what I could for the artistic education in this country. I decided to develop a project in school context bringing together both countries: Portugal and São Tomé and Príncipe. This project is part of the Master in Visual Arts Teaching at the University of Lisbon and was conceived to work simultaneously with two 12th grade classes in the Arts Workshop discipline: one in Lisbon, at Escola Secundária Vergílio Ferreira; the other in São Tomé, at Liceu Nacional.

The idea behind it was that students would make a painting from an audio description recorded by another student. Each student picked a landscape from their country and wrote a text describing it in detail. Then, they recorded the text aloud and that audio record traveled to the other country. Another student, randomly assigned, took that recording and represented the landscape through the painting, without ever seeing it before.

I started the project with students in Lisbon. Then I came to São Tomé, bringing materials and supports for the students in my suitcase. Every day I have to carry these with me for classes. I also brought the works made by the students in Portugal, so that we organize an exhibition with all paintings at the end of this project.

My name is Ana Luísa and I would like you to support this campaign! All funds raised will be used to cover the costs with this project, to buy even more materials for the students in São Tomé and a cabinet to store them. Funds will also contribute to update the arts classroom and to setup the students' exhibitions.

I know the little I do is a tiny part of what remains to be done for public education in arts in this country, but I believe that any contribution can and will make the difference. I will keep you up to date of all news related to the project, the improvements made at schoo and the work done with and by the students.

Oh, and we would love to see you at the opening of the exhibition in São Tomé or in Lisbon, under the subjet “Spoken landscapes: a correspondence between Portugal and São Tomé and Príncipe”!

 

Thank you very much and zawo non ka bé ! ("See you soon" in forro, one of the national languages)

 

About the author

Ana Luísa Pinheiro Antunes. Graduated in Fine Arts from the Superior School of Arts and Design of Caldas da Rainha and currently completing the Master in Visual Arts Teaching at the University of Lisbon.

It was back in September 2011 that I first got in touch with the education system in São Tomé. I was part of a cooperation project aiming to improve the standards in a sustainable way and suiting the country's reality.

Budget and due dates

I started this project in the first week of March, with the 12th grade Visual Arts students at Escola Secundária de Vergílio Ferreira and, remotely, with the Arts class of Liceu Nacional de São Tomé. Later, in early May, I travelled to São Tomé to continue the project with the students there. Your contribution to this campaign will help support investments made for this project to come to reality, such as:

  • Purchase of Visual Arts materials €300
  • Flights (Lisbon - São Tomé - Lisbon), accommodation (São Tomé) and other expenses related to the project logistics €1000
  • Additional materials for art students, a cabinet to store them safely, easels and, depending on the amount raised, an update of the arts classroom at Liceu Nacional €400

A 7.5% commission + VAT (23%) to be charged by the PPL.

3% of the amount raised during the campaign will also be used to support África Negra, a traditional music group from São Tomé and Príncipe, whose song Carambola was used as background music throughout the video.

  • A product from São Tomé and Príncipe + acknowledgment in master thesis

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    A product from São Tomé and Príncipe + acknowledgment in master thesis

    By supporting the campaign with this amount, you will receive a product of São Tomé, such as: cacao, breadfruit, plantain, jackfruit, dragon fruit, star fruit, among many others!

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    Shipping included (to Portugal)

    25 backers

  • Basket of products from São Tomé and Príncipe + acknowledgment in master thesis

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    Basket of products from São Tomé and Príncipe + acknowledgment in master thesis

    You will receive a small basket with fruit, coffee and chocolate from São Tomé and Príncipe.

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    9 backers

  • Basket of products from São Tomé and Príncipe + an African fabric + acknowledgment in master thesis

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    Basket of products from São Tomé and Príncipe + an African fabric + acknowledgment in master thesis

    By making a contribution of this amount, you will receive at home (or hand-delivered, whichever you prefer!) a basket made up of various products from São Tomé and Príncipe, as well as an African traditional fabric.

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    5 backers

  • Work by a student + acknowledgment in master thesis

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    Work by a student + acknowledgment in master thesis

    Students suggested that this could be one of the rewards and I couldn't agree more! You will receive one of the works produced by them, subject to availability.

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    4 backers

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    Work by a student + a basket with national products + an African fabric + acknowledgment in master thesis

    If you support the campaign with this amount or higher, you will be entitled to one of the works made by the students (subject to availability), a complete basket of Santomean products and an African fabric.

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    Shipping included (to Portugal)

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Materiais entregues!

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Wed, 14/07/2021 - 00:41

Os "África Negra" receberam hoje a sua recompensa!

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Thu, 01/07/2021 - 16:01

Campanha finalizada com sucesso!

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Thu, 01/07/2021 - 10:21

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30/06/2021

Campaign ended

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Sun, 27/06/2021 - 18:24

Objetivo alcançado!

A 3 dias do final desta campanha, não podia deixar de assinalar esta data tão especial: o objetivo foi alcançado! Gostaria de agradecer uma vez mais a todos aqueles que acredita...

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Sun, 27/06/2021 - 16:02

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Mon, 21/06/2021 - 00:11

A campanha no Téla Nón! :)

A campanha foi divulgada pelo diário digital de São Tomé e Príncipe Téla Nón: https://www.telanon.info/sociedade/2021/06/18/34540/melhorar-o-ensino-publico-das-artes-visuais-em...

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Tue, 08/06/2021 - 22:55

Exposição em Lisboa inaugurada!

Depois de uma exposição bonita - embora breve - no Liceu Nacional de São Tomé, montámos hoje a exposição de todos os trabalhos dos alunos na Escola Secundária Vergílio Ferreira,...

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Mon, 07/06/2021 - 09:46

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Sat, 05/06/2021 - 23:11

Atingido metade do objetivo em menos de 48 horas!

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  • Ana Luísa Antunes

    Materiais entregues!

    No passado dia 14 de outubro fui ao Liceu Nacional entregar todos os materiais de artes visuais comprados com os fundos angariados nesta campanha. Com a ajuda da turma de artes da 12ª classe e alguns ex-alunos (com os quais o projeto foi feito em maio), esvaziámos um armário de coisas esquecidas de outros anos e ali colocámos os materiais. Fechámo-lo com um cadeado e entregámos à professora de Artes, que ficará encarregue da sua gestão. Todos ficaram contentes e assim, pouco a pouco, melhoramos o ensino público das Artes Visuais em São Tomé! Uma vez mais, muito obrigada a todos pelo contributo neste projeto!

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  • Ana Luísa Antunes

    Os "África Negra" receberam hoje a sua recompensa!

    António Menezes, guitarrista do conjunto de música tradicional de São Tomé e Príncipe, recebeu hoje, em nome da banda, os 3% do valor total angariado nesta campanha. É deles a música que acompanha o vídeo deste projeto :)
    Aproveito esta comunicação para voltar a pedir as moradas àqueles que ainda não as enviaram, para que possa enviar-vos também as vossas recompensas. Estes dados pessoais não ficam públicos, apenas eu tenho acesso a eles. Obrigada a todos!

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  • Ana Luísa Antunes

    Campanha finalizada com sucesso!

    Não só alcançámos o objetivo, como o ultrapassámos! MUITO, MUITO OBRIGADA por acreditarem. Vou continuar a por-vos a par de todas as novidades deste projeto e em breve irei também dar início à entrega das recompensas :)

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  • Ana Luísa Antunes

    Objetivo alcançado!

    A 3 dias do final desta campanha, não podia deixar de assinalar esta data tão especial: o objetivo foi alcançado! Gostaria de agradecer uma vez mais a todos aqueles que acreditam e apoiaram este projeto e também àqueles que o fizeram de forma anónima, uma vez que não lhes consigo agradecer pessoalmente. A campanha continua a angariar fundos até dia 30 :) Manter-vos-ei informados!

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  • Ana Luísa Antunes

    A campanha no Téla Nón! :)

    A campanha foi divulgada pelo diário digital de São Tomé e Príncipe Téla Nón:
    https://www.telanon.info/sociedade/2021/06/18/34540/melhorar-o-ensino-pu...

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  • Ana Luísa Antunes

    Exposição em Lisboa inaugurada!

    Depois de uma exposição bonita - embora breve - no Liceu Nacional de São Tomé, montámos hoje a exposição de todos os trabalhos dos alunos na Escola Secundária Vergílio Ferreira, em Lisboa. Estará à espera de uma visita vossa até ao final do ano letivo! Vêmo-nos por lá?
    Nota: Dado o momento pandémico que vivemos, os registos áudio das paisagens podem ser ouvidos nos smartphones de cada visitante, através da leitura de códigos QR criados para esse efeito.

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  • Ana Luísa Antunes

    Atingido metade do objetivo em menos de 48 horas!

    Vocês são incríveis! Não podia deixar de assinalar esta meta alcançada em tão pouco tempo! Quero agradecer muito a cada um de vós por acreditar neste projeto, entre familiares, amigos, conhecidos e desconhecidos, incluindo aqueles que o fizeram anonimamente! MUITO OBRIGADA :)

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