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K.A Former Pupils Worldwide

If you are a former pupil of Kilmarnock Academy
and you currently live or work in this country (or have lived in it for a period of time), then e-mail us at kaworldwide@kilmarnockacademy.co.uk with your details. The essential details are: your name; the years you attended Kilmarnock Academy; where in the country you live or work (if you no longer live or work in this country, please state the years you were in residence there).

If you want to - and it does make things a lot more interesting - you can also provide us with a brief account of a favourite place or fond memory or favourite anecdote or local customs or local cuisine (or anything else about this country that you'd like to share with us). You can, if you wish, also include one or two photographs of places you lived in or visited during your stay in this country.


K.A. International - Worldwide Learning Network
If you know of a school in this country (possibly one that your own children have attended) that would be interested in developing links and engaging in joint projects with pupils at K.A., then please e-mail kaworldwide@kilmarnockacademy.co.uk with contact details. You can get more information on this initiative by clicking here.

N. McIlvanney 2005

K.A Former Pupils in Angola

Name                                                   Years attended K.A.                                   Area, City or Town of Residence



K.A. Pupils' Postcards
If you are a pupil or former pupil of Kilmarnock Academy
and you have visited this country, then e-mail us at postcard@kilmarnockacademy.co.uk with your details. The essential details are: your name; the years you attended Kilmarnock Academy; where in the country you visited.

If you want to - and it does make this page a lot more worthwhile - you can also provide us with a brief account of a favourite place or fond memory or unusual experience or local customs or local cuisine or first impressions or lasting impressions. (You can, if you wish, also include one or two photographs of a place you visited in this country).


N. McIlvanney 2005

K.A Pupils' Postcards from Angola

Name                                                   Years attended K.A.                                    Area, City or Town Visited


Country (long form)

Republic of Angola
Capital
Luanda
Total Area
481,353.56 sq mi
1,246,700.00 sq km
Population
10,145,267 (July 2000 est.)
Estimated Population in 2050
25,190,762
Languages
Portuguese (official), Bantu and other African languages
Literacy
42.0% total, 56.0% male, 28% female (1998 est.)
Religions
indigenous beliefs 47%, Roman Catholic 38%, Protestant 15% (1998 est.)
Life Expectancy
37.11 male, 39.56 female (2000 est.)
Government Type
transitional government, nominally a multiparty democracy with a strong presidential system
Currency
1 kwanza (NKz) = 100 lwei
GDP (per capita)
$1,030 (1999 est.)
Labor Force (by occupation)
agriculture 85%, industry and services 15% (1997 est.)
Industry
petroleum; diamonds, iron ore, phosphates, feldspar, bauxite, uranium, and gold; cement; basic metal products; fish processing; food processing; brewing; tobacco products; sugar; textiles
Agriculture
bananas, sugarcane, coffee, sisal, corn, cotton, manioc (tapioca), tobacco, vegetables, plantains; livestock; forest products; fish
Arable Land
2%
Exports
crude oil 90%, diamonds, refined petroleum products, gas, coffee, sisal, fish and fish products, timber, cotton
Imports
machinery and electrical equipment, vehicles and spare parts; medicines, food, textiles, military goods
Natural Resources
petroleum, diamonds, iron ore, phosphates, copper, feldspar, gold, bauxite, uranium
Current Environmental Issues
overuse of pastures and subsequent soil erosion attributable to population pressures; desertification; deforestation of tropical rain forest, in response to both international demand for tropical timber and to domestic use as fuel, resulting in loss of biodiversity; soil erosion contributing to water pollution and siltation of rivers and dams; inadequate supplies of potable water
Telephones (main lines in use)
60,000 (1995)
Telephones (mobile cellular)
1,994 (1995)
Internet Service Providers (ISPs)
2 (1999)

A peace agreement signed in April 2002 may have ended the 25-year-old civil war that has decimated Angola. However, Angola is still unstable and unsuitable for travel.

The end of hostilities is just the first step in Angola's journey of a thousand miles. War leaves scars: millions of displaced, homeless, maimed, orphaned, starving and diseased Angolans. This means no infrastructure, poor roads, crime, graft, up to 11 million landmines - and a glimmer of hope.