26 May 2007

PR# 2007-402

ISAF celebrates ‘Teacher’s Day’ in Ghowr

HERAT, Afghanistan – Provincial leaders and representatives of ISAF’s Provincial Reconstruction Team Herat observed “National Teacher’s Day” with educators and students May 24 at Chaghcharan Boys School.

“It has been said a teacher is like a candle.  He lights the way for others,” said Chief Petty Officer James Brown in a speech to the gathering.  “The people of Afghanistan are on the way to a bright future, and it will be teachers who will light the way.”

More than 600 Afghans attended the event to show appreciation for local teachers.  Guests included the provincial governor, the provincial director of education, the district police chief, and representatives from both UNICEF and the PRT.  Children also performed songs and poems.

“All teachers work for the future.  Their work is very hard and respectable,” said Col. Dalius Polekauskas, PRT Herat commander, the guest of honor.

Gov. Muhaidin Baluch stressed the importance of security from Taliban attacks in providing education in his province.

“Teachers and children should be able to come together in a safe environment without fear of reprisals from the Taliban,” Baluch said.

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