News: Afghan and combined force reopens school in Zabul
KABUL, Afghanistan - On July 23 Afghan National Security Forces with International Security Assistance Force partners officially reopened a school that had been closed for 12 months due to facilities falling into disrepair.
Over the last two months, the combined force engaged local tradesmen to build a new wall and metal gates, a school yard, plant trees and bushes, repair the existing water pump, install new windows and build new chairs and benches for the students. The reconstruction work now allows students to attend classes four days a week.
Prior to the official opening, Afghan officials and local elders distributed school supplies to the approximately 200 students who attend the school each day. Extra school supplies have been given to the school for the expected 500 students who will attend the school in the future.
A local leader said, "It is magnificent that we are here today at the reopened school. Much has improved with the security situation to allow the school to reopen and we are thankful of the Zabul Provincial Reconstruction Team and Lithuanians for rebuilding the school."
Combined forces are committed to assisting the government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in rebuilding and repairing education infrastructure to educate Afghanistan's children.