News Icon

News: PRT Farah leadership attends First RAMP UP graduation ceremony in Farah City

Story by Lt.j.g. Matthew StroupSmall RSS IconSubscriptions Icon

PRT leadership attends graduation ceremony with Afghan leaders Lt. Matthew Stroup

Nazila, a program coordinator for RAMP UP, speaks to attendees of the first-ever graduation ceremony for local Afghan interns who completed the RAMP UP program in support of education, governance and and capacity building initiatives in Farah province, Nov. 4. PRT Farah's mission is to train, advise, and assist Afghan government leaders at the municipal, district, and provincial levels in Farah Province Afghanistan. Their civil military team is comprised of members of the U.S. Navy, U.S. Army, the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. j.g. Matthew Stroup/released)

FARAH CITY, Afghanistan– Military and civilian leadership from Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) Farah attended a ceremony for the first-ever graduates of the Regional Afghan Municipalities Project for Urban Populations (RAMP UP) program in Farah City, Nov. 4. Ten local Afghan interns completed the program which supports capacity building at the municipal level.

Military and civilian leadership from Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) Farah attended a ceremony for the first-ever graduates of the Regional Afghan Municipalities Project for Urban Populations (RAMP UP) program in Farah City, Nov. 4. Ten local Afghan interns completed the program which supports capacity building at the municipal level. Eight of the ten graduates were recognized for their successful completion of the program, with two students having graduated early. Of the ten graduates of the program, four graduates have already earned full time jobs within Farah City working with the city and within the offices of provincial level line directors. Additionally, three of the graduates of the program were young, Afghan women, increasing the number of women working at the municipal level in Farah by one hundred percent.

The level of education in Farah province has increased over recent years as local Afghan leaders have taken on initiatives to bring education to their people. However, education doesn’t always equate with experience, which is a key part of earning a position in the local culture, and the internship program provides just that.

“We’ve seen a lot more education in the province, but most people just don’t have the experience,” said Chris Geurtsen, a USAID field representative who works with the PRT. “This program supports the people, and helps them gain experience at the municipal level.”

Interns in the RAMP UP program complete a six-month program that includes two training events per month with Afghan advisors from Herat, in addition to their duties working at municipal offices twenty hours per week. Each of the ten graduates worked in varying positions at the municipal level during their internships, each earning a small, weekly stipend to provide for food and transportation.

Nazila, who is a RAMP UP program coordinator, expressed her happiness about the success of the program. “This was a six month program for qualified candidates to work at various municipalities. Today is the last day of their program, and they’ve been successful.”

During the program, the interns worked on a variety of projects including internal databases within the municipality for tracking property titles and archiving records that had largely been untouched for years. Much of their work included title work, which was a real issue in the municipality when it came to property ownership, tax collection and other land-use problems. Their on-the-job training not only helped them to gain experience, but it helped to address real problems in the community.

Nazila also said that they plan to implement another RAMP UP internship program from January to July 2013 to build capacity in the province, and to build on the successes they had in this group of interns.

U.S. Navy Cmdr. Louis McCray, commanding officer of PRT Farah recognized the significance of the days’ event. “This is a great example of Afghan mentors working with local Afghans to support the community. The graduates of this program have a real opportunity to work in their community in a substantive way to move community programs and initiatives forward.”

PRT Farah’s mission is to train, advise, and assist Afghan government leaders at the municipal, district, and provincial levels in Farah Province, Afghanistan. Their civil-military team is comprised of members of the U.S. Navy, U.S. Army, the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). For more information about the PRT follow their page on Defense Video and Information Distribution System (DVIDS) at www.dvidshub.net/unit/PRTF.


Connected Media
ImagesPRT leadership...
U.S. Navy Cmdr. Louis McCray, commanding officer,...
ImagesPRT leadership...
Security force and civil affairs team members from...
ImagesPRT Leadership...
U.S. Army Spc. David White, a security force team member...
ImagesPRT leadership...
Nazila, right with arm extended, a program coordinator...
ImagesPRT leadership...
U.S Navy Cmdr. Louis McCray, far right, commanding...
ImagesPRT leadership...
Chris Geurtsen, a field program officer with USAID,...
ImagesPRT leadership...
An Afghan man receives his graduation certificate after...
ImagesPRT leadership...
U.S. Army Spc. Michael Jones, a security force team...
ImagesPRT leadership...
A U.S. Army soldier assigned to Provincial...
ImagesPRT leadership...
Nazila, a program coordinator for RAMP UP, speaks to...
ImagesCoalition leaders...
An Afghan girl rests her head in Farah City during a...
ImagesPRT leadership...
Nazila, a program coordinator for RAMP UP, speaks to...
ImagesPRT leadership...
U.S. Army soldiers assigned to Provincial Reconstruction...


Web Views
105
Downloads
0

Podcast Hits
0



Public Domain Mark
This work, PRT Farah leadership attends First RAMP UP graduation ceremony in Farah City, by LT Matthew Stroup, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:11.04.2012

Date Posted:11.04.2012 10:10

Location:FARAH CITY, AFGlobe

Options

  • Army
  • Marines
  • Navy
  • Air Force
  • Coast Guard
  • National Guard

HOLIDAY GREETINGS

SELECT A HOLIDAY:

VIDEO ON DEMAND

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Youtube
  • Flickr