(Article by Capt. Christine Rosalin, 117th MPAD, 17 OCT 2012.)
FORWARD OPERATING BASE LAGMAN, Afghanistan – After years of advocating for educational growth in Zabul, a key milestone was reached when a first block was laid by joint partners of the Government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and International Security Assistance Force at the Regional Teachers’ Training College Cornerstone Laying Ceremony Oct. 17, 2012, Qalat City, Zabul province, Afghanistan.
“Today was one of the nicest days in my life, because we have put the foundation stones of one of the education institutions, which is the Zabul Teachers’ Training College, which will generate more human capacity, not only to Zabul but also to the people of the region,” said Gov. Mohammad Ashraf Naseri, Zabul province.
The RTTC, once completed, will graduate between 250 and 400 professionally-qualified teachers every two years, drastically reducing the professional native Pashtun teacher shortage in the region.
“My vision is to see Zabul free of insurgencies … to provide higher education to the young generation of Zabul and focus more on the women participation and the whole aspects of life of the people of Zabul,” said Naseri.