22 Jan 2007

PR# 2007-061

Wardak PRT supports province’s religious schools

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – Since the Eid al Adha, the Wardak Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) has launched a humanitarian assistance programme for the province’s religious schools.

So far, 16 religious schools and approximately 2,000 students have received food and winter supplies in Maidan Shair, Nerkh, Jalrez and Saidabad districts. The PRT is working in coordination with the local administration and Provincial Education Department. The PRT is focusing on delivering supplies most in need such as food, firewood, blankets, teaching materials and holy books.

Wardak PRT teams, headed by civilian coordinator Abaci, stress the importance of religious education during their visits, as well as the correct teaching of Islam and the crucial role played by the religious scholars.

The PRT has also asked scholars of the unregistered schools to apply for registry with the education department so they may obtain salary and other state benefits. The religious school representatives have expressed appreciation for the visits and the assistance provided during the difficult winter months.

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