Aftabachi School Ceremony Held By Coalition Forces And Afghans
It was with a sense of pride and teamwork that U.S. Soldiers helped local Afghanistan citizens celebrate the start of their girls school in Aftabachi Village. The Aftabachi Girls School opened to smiles last week on December 26th.
Kapisa Province Governor Koeja Ablebacker and Captain Jordan Berry, Civil Affairs leader with Bagram PRT team both attended the ribbon-cutting affair. The school was a $120,000 project that was coordinated with Mr. Miraga, an Afghan contractor who helped construct the school itself.
The work started about six or seven months ago. We did concrete and brick work, both were hard work,? said Miraga. Local Schoolchildren had been looking forward to the school coming open since the beginning of the project.
They do not have that many schools around here, they need more, and this is a big step for them. Children here cannot wait to have a school to attend,? Said Sgt First Class Rodriguez. Sgt Rodriguez is a member of 351st Civil Affairs Regiment.
Everyone from local citizens to the school children is excited about the school. It will employ about fifteen teachers who will instruct about six hundred twenty five students. Subjects studied will be Arabic, Science, English, Mathematics, and Health.
Mr. Turyaly will be one of the new Teachers. We are very excited, very happy that we will have such a nice new school open for us,? said Turyaly. Before this school was built the only shelter students had were open fields and trees.
Captain Berry stressed that it was the focus that the Kapisa citizens had and willingness to work with soldiers and Coalition forces that made the school happen.