From the event

02 Apr. 2008

RC East supports education for all

BAGRAM Airfield, Afghanistan – ISAF PRT teams attended "First Day of School" celebrations in Panjshir and Kapisa provinces in March 2008.

At the Rokha High School in Panjshir Province, more than one thousand children participated in the First Day of School programme on 22 March.

On this occasion, ISAF provided more than 1,000 backpacks to the students. The backpacks were distributed by Zamul Shahid, provincial director of education, along with Rokha School teachers. Inside each backpack was a pencil case, writing tablets, storybooks, an educational poster and a ball or radio.

The Bagram PRT also delivered backpacks to the students of the Mahmood Raqi Girls School in Kapisa Province recently. The director of education and the deputy governor, as well as an Afghan National Police Colonel, distributed the items.

Mahmood Raqi teaches about 700 girls in the morning and the same amount in the afternoon, filling the small school to its maximum capacity. Some of the classrooms are simple walled-in rooms with a flat stone attached to the wall to serve as a chalkboard.

The director of education stressed the importance of education for young ladies and pledged he will continue to support funding and construction of new schools in the years to come. Of the 153 schools in Kapisa Province, 40 of them are girls only, and of those, 11 are high schools.

A new education center is in the works, as well as various other projects throughout the province. A couple of these projects are planned in Afghanistan’s known "hot spots", including Ala Sai and Tag Ab which have been avoided so far due to the inherent dangers.

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