British troops go back to school in Kabul
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.
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.
The Afghan Appeal Fund has just granted $25,000 for rebuilding work to one of the many classroom blocks in need of repair.
“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.“