Escola Profissional Amar Terra Verde
Escola Profissional Amar Terra Verde (EPATV) is a vocational school that was created in 1993 from a tripartite agreement between 3 town halls: Amares, Terras do Bouro e Vila Verde. Nowadays, it is a private institution under the supervision of the Ministry of Education. The vocational school has around 800 students and 90 teachers and it is located in Vila Verde, a rural area in the north of Portugal, strongly low qualified and whose population struggles with social and economic problems, mainly due to unemployment, low formal qualifications, and life conditions.
Included in the VET school, we have a Lifelong Learning and Adult Education Unit, especially dedicated to the Recognition, Validation and Certification of Skills since 2006 and with more than 40.000 hrs of training courses addressing adults (CVET). We also develop intergenerational activities, thinking about the students and their families, and literacy courses.
The vocational school – EPATV – is working on mobility projects since 1993 in partnership not only with European countries, but also with some other Portuguese speaking countries: Cape Verde, St. Tome & Principe, Mozambique, Guinea Bissau and Angola. We also work with students from Guinea Equatorial, Senegal, Lybia. More recently, the school has hosted students from Brazil, Ukrain, Romania and from African countries.
EPATV is a member of the European Association for the Education of Adults, the voice of non-formal adult learning in Europe and we’re now involved in its vice-presidency. We’re also members of APCEP – Portuguese Association for Lifelong Learning and ANESPO – National Association for Vocational Schools.
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