* Angola, officially the Republic of Angola, is a country in south-central Africa bordered by Namibia on the south, the Democratic Republic of theCongoon the north, and Zambia on the east; its west coast is on the Atlantic Ocean with Luanda as its capital city.
* Angola's motto is Virtus Unita Fortior,a Latin phrase meaning "Virtue is stronger when united." The executive branch of the government is composed of the President, the Vice-Presidents and the Council of Ministers.For decades, political power has been concentrated in the Presidency.
* Although by law, education in Angola is compulsory and free for eight years, thegovernment reports that a certain percentage of students are not attending school due to a lack of school buildings and teachers.Students are often responsible for payingadditional school-related expenses, including fees for books and supplies.In 1999, the gross primary enrollment rate was 74 percent and in 1998, the most recent yearfor which data are available, the net primary enrollment rate was 61 percent. Gross and net enrollment ratios are based on the number of students formally registeredin primary school and therefore do not necessarily reflect actual school attendance. There continue to be significant disparities in enrollment between rural andurban areas. In 1995, 71.2 percent of children ages 7 to 14 years were attending school. It is reported that higher percentages of boys attend school thangirls. During the Angolan Civil War (1975–2002), nearly half of all schools were reportedly looted and destroyed, leading to current problems with overcrowding.