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Escola Portuguesa de Luanda teachers complain of ‘illegal dismissal’ – Observer



Escola Portuguesa de Luanda teachers complain of 'illegal dismissal' - Observer

A group of 15 teachers at the Portuguese School of Luanda (EPL), Angolans and Portuguese are complaining about “illegal dismissal” by the temporary commission of the educational institution, believing that they were forced to sign an “illegal” agreement.

The teacher, who is part of the group and wished to remain anonymous, told Lusa this Thursday that measurements are irregularbecause the new manager sends the target to the cooperative, which is “closing”.

This is a wrongful dismissal with a seriousness that sends us to the co-op, which is currently closing. At the moment, the new cooperative has not yet taken over the functions, and the old one has disappeared,” he said.

The EPL, created in the 1980s, was administered by the Cooperativa Portuguesa de Ensino em Angola (CPEA) until 2021, but since September 7, 2021, it has been administered by the Portuguese Ministry of Education after a dispute with some cooperators.


The Portuguese Ministry of Education has controlled the institution since 2006, although the school was run by a private organization that had a management contract with the state.

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Ambassador of Portugal in Luanda Francisco Alegre Duarte, Basically it’s a legal issue..

The diplomat added that with the transfer of the administration of the CPEA to the Portuguese state, “there was no transfer of labor relations of teachers”, which means that teachers had to sign a new contract to continue teaching.

This is what happened to the vast majority of teachers, including those who chose to challenge the decision in court,” Francisco Alegre Duarte Lusa said, adding that more than 100 teachers were at stake.

“There were meetings and clarification sessions where information about the impossibility of transferring the deposit was passed on, and the vast majority of teachers signed new contracts,” said a representative of the Portuguese state.

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According to the teacher heard by Lusa, after the contract ended on September 6, 2021, the next day, September 7, the teachers faced the signing of the ACIP (Community Interest Grant Agreement).

The cooperative handed us over in the public interest to the Ministry of Education. At the time of signing the ACIP, we were not given the time or opportunity to contact a lawyer,” he commented.

“We were even told that if we want to continue this academic year, which is ending, we had to sign, or if we didn’t want to, then we didn’t have a job“, he stressed.

“People were signing without knowing exactly what they were signing,” he said.

For a teacher, a member of a group of 15 professors on vacation, a signed ACIP “there is some illegal activity here”because “there was no way for people to know about it.”

At that moment, the ministry should have taken over everything, because deep down it was already in charge of the school, but this did not happen, ”he regretted.

A few months after the end of ACIP, on August 31, he continued, there was a meeting with the interim commission that runs the school.

“To inform us that they will continue to operate the school and to inform us that the terms of our contract will change,” he said.

Annual contracts will be signed, we will lose remuneration and career growth. When they did this, they did it verbally, we did not have any documents so that we could be detained and sued,” he said.

Months later, he added, the teachers “received an email from the interim committee informing them of a draft termination with the co-op” saying they would have to fill it out if they wanted to continue.

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“And our employment contract, which will be annual, although many have already entered into force, this, as far as I know, violates labor laws in both Angola and Portugal“, these.

The attempt at reconciliation with the Public Ministry failed and the supporters of the attempted agreement were removed.

Target teachers are the backbone of the school, we are talking about teachers who have worked there for 30 years, they are destroying the backbone of the school,” the teacher concluded.

Escola Portuguesa de Luanda – The Center for Portuguese Language and Education was established in accordance with the protocol for the Center for Portuguese Language and Education in Luanda, signed between the governments of Portugal and Angola and formally established in 2006.

The termination of the SPEA functions completes a series of episodes in which a group of cooperators confronted the leadership of the EPL. In 2020, about 300 cooperators from SDR signed a demand in defense of holding an extraordinary general meeting to discuss the revision of the charter and proposed to disband the current management bodies of the cooperative and appoint a temporary management commission.

At the time, the CPEA denied the accusations, saying it was a takeover attempt and justified the raise introduced in the 2020/2021 school year as a necessity to ensure the school’s survival.

Despite the current labor conflict, Francisco Alegre Duarte felt that this “A new beginning” and that “conditions have been met for a smooth start to the school year”, commending the leadership of Eduardo Fernandez (President of the Interim Administrative Commission) which has “benefited” the EPL by guaranteeing a “superb level of learning quality”. and stabilization of the financial situation

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“The transition from the management of the CPEA to the management of the Portuguese state was successful and stabilized the institution,” the diplomat stressed.

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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