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British troops go back to school in Kabul

April 27, 2011

British troops based in the Afghan capital Kabul have spent some of their Easter weekend at a local school, giving out notebooks and pens to the pupils.

 Men and women from the Kabul Joint Support Unit at Camp Souter met the children at the nearby Qabel Bai school on Saturday 23rd April.

Children of Qabel Bei school

Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) Adrian Griffith, Commanding Officer (CO) of the Kabul Joint Support Unit said, “The children are always excited when we visit. They always like to get more than one notebook and often the boys will hide one in their satchel!”

The school provides lessons for over 5,000 (FIVE THOUSAND) local children, running more than 40 classes per day. Up to 50 children attend each 2-hour class, starting at 06:30am and finishing at 5:30pm.

Lt Col Adrian Griffith, CO of JSU Kabul, with school children in Qabel Bai

The Afghan Appeal Fund has just granted $25,000 for rebuilding work to one of the many classroom blocks in need of repair.

Children at Qabel Bei School

“When the British camp was set up at Souter around 2002, the area was almost completely empty, “ said Lt Col Griffith. “Now the area is much more developed. So there has been significant change.”
“By going into these schools, the local community sees the British Army as a force for good,” he added. “By helping the children, we are winning over the parents, and also the leaders of the community.“

4 Comments leave one →
  1. April 28, 2011 11:01

    I just love the faces of the children!! I pray that they will have a chance to grow up and learn and be whatever their hearts desire! Thank you for helping the children. May God Bless you for your efforts in their behalf!!

  2. May 2, 2011 15:49

    Started in 2006 while HQ ARRC troops were in Afghanistan, the Afghan Appeal Fund is run on a voluntary basis by British Forces families and has so far raised in excess of £260,000.

    Our aims are to raise awareness of the plight of the Afghan people, particularly the children, and raise funds to help them, primarily through the construction or refurbishment of schools such as Qabel Bay above.

    Education is key to a brighter future for the children of Afghanistan, and by helping the country get back on its feet, our troops are able to return home more quickly.


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