Skilled Labor Workshops Sponsored By Soldiers
There has been a bunch of busy activity in the region of Paktika in the last two months. Several labor workshops have been held where Coalition Forces conducted instruction in various methods of construction. There have been four actual construction workshops, one in Orgun-E, one in Sharana, and two workshops held in Paktika itself.
The Provincial Reconstruction Team assigned to the area have been striving to provide chances for Afghanistan men for construction and leadership education. With the training the goal is to help Afghanistan citizens find gainful and steady employment, as skilled labor and workers in Paktika and surrounding areas.
The construction workshops have been in construction using sticks, bricks, mortar and other types of building materials that are available to the local Afghanistan citizens. It has been productive, each of the workshops last an average of seven days, including an additional seven day period where the students all learned basic tool use, job safety, and other basics for setting up the actual construction workshops.
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After each of the workshops was over, the students who stuck with it and graduate are given the tools that they used in the training, and a certificate to indicate the training they received. Part of the construction course was a competition between the students to see who could built the best tool shed. The programs, the training, the tools and even the meals were all funded with the US Commanders Emergency Response Program.