From the event

13 Aug 2007

PR# 2007-594

New skills centres open in Bagrami for locals

KABUL, Afghanistan – The Turkish Battle Group Civil-Military Cooperation team opened four new skill course centres in Bagrami Municipal Building to offer students courses in sewing, embroidery, carpet weaving, computer and Turkish language.

Brig. Gen. Kasim Erdem, Regional Command Capital commander, attended the opening of the centre and remarked on its contribution to help Afghanistan’s future.

“I hope that the students graduating from these courses will acquire useful jobs that they can use to help in the development of Afghanistan for a better future,” Erdem said.

Crafts made by the students will help fund the centres.  Up to 140 students in the courses are able to keep half the profit while the rest of the monies are set aside for new and improved equipment.

“There’s now an opportunity for me to make a living by learning an occupation in this sewing course,” said Rahima, one of the sewing course student. 

The Turkish government has allocated $80,000 (US) for the next six months to pay teacher salaries.

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