A new school for Pale students
2Lt. Ilario Tancon and Cpl.
First published in
SFOR Informer#148, September 26, 2002
On Sept. 9 at Pale, a ceremony took place to inaugurate
a renovated primary school. This was made possible due to
the efforts of the Italian CIMIC (Civil-Military Co-Operation)
Unit belonging to SFOR Headquarters. The ceremony coincided
with the beginning of the school year for nearly 1,000 children.
Pale - It was a Monday morning holiday for a thousand children
from the primary school of Pale, which was the Bosnian-Serb
capital during the war. A new school was renovated thanks
to the Italian CIMIC Unit (ICU). This theatre unit works directly
under CJ9 (CIMIC Headquarters) command. Many people, to include
the schoolchildren's parents, were happy to see the new classrooms.
Attendees of the event included the local authorities, the
Mayor of Pale and the Commander of 505th Brigade of the Army
of Republika Srpska (VRS) as well as a representative from
the Ministry of Education. In addition, the SFOR official
party consisted of Brig. Gen. Zavattaro Ardizzi, Assistant
Chief of Staff Support, and Col. Gianfranco Rossi, Italian
Battle Group Commander.
A team for a specific task
The intervention of the Italian CIMIC Unit, which is 15 people
strong and co-ordinated by Lt. Col. Giuseppe Manzari, was
made possible thanks to funds from the European Union valued
at 62,000 Euros.
"In detail, the work consisted of a complete reconstruction
of the roof, the floor of the entrance and of corridors and
in the replacement of frames and windows," said Manzari.
Capt. Fabrizio Cappello, the project director with the ICU,
said: "Everyone involved in the project was always very
kind and ready to do whatever needed to be done."
The Unit worked hand in hand with locals to rebuild the school
in time for the children of Pale to being a new school year.
"They were very nice people doing the work, from the
principal of the school, to the civilian contractors,"
said WO2 Domenico Casadibari, who worked on the site.
During the summer, the work carried out by the unit had one
goal -- the goal to support a better quality of life for the
"Our goal is to regain normality in the way of life for
the population, our dignity and habitation, especially for
school rooms," said Manzari.
Besides the rebuilding of the school of Pale, other projects
have been completed during the last months. These include
the reconstruction of a mountain road at Donje Kukavice, also
located in the RS. The amount for that project was 132,000
In a short period of time a lot of work, and a lot of plans,
will come to light for the Italian CIMIC Unit.
Related links: Nations of SFOR: Italy