20 Mar 2007

PR# 2007-211

PRT Farah funds new Education Centre

FARAH CITY, Afghanistan - The rain failed to dampen the enthusiasm of the crowd gathered to celebrate the opening of the new Education Centre in Farah City, March 17.


The new building, funded by the PRT at a cost of US$255,000, will be home to the regional education administration offices, as well as having six to eight classrooms for training teachers. The centre is unique in that lush landscaping and trees will invite people inside, rather than hiding the building behind security walls. On-site irrigation will allow for green space, trees and flowering bushes. Another unique feature is the Internet-enabled computer lab which will connect teachers to information, opportunities and new ideas.

At the opening ceremony, PRT Farah Commander Michael Horan called on the citizens of Farah City to help keep their children safe by supporting the Afghan National Security Forces. “While the extremists conduct desperate and cowardly acts without regard to the safety of innocent civilians and children, your Afghan Army, Police and NDS, alongside ISAF forces are committed to ending the terrorist threat, while ensuring that your children are guaranteed all the opportunities that this building symbolizes,” he said.

The land for the new building was donated by the Afghan government, and the PRT engineers worked hand-in-hand with Engineer Ahmad Shah Barak to build the Centre.  The contractor, Nawid Bakhshie Construction Company, also built the PRT-funded school in Pirkandar.

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