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ADF engineers have helped improve conditions for
women in Uruzgan province, Afghanistan, with the
opening of the Malalai Girls' School in Tarin Kot.
The 21-classroom school, opened last month, took
15 months to build at a cost of about $1.5m and has
facilities for up to 700 primary and secondary students.
The Deputy Commander of Australia's military
contribution to the International Security Assistance
Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan, Air-Cdre John Oddie,
said supporting the Afghan Government's efforts to
improve literacy was a major objective of the mission
"For the first time, hundreds of girls in Tarin Kot
will have access to quality education, which will open
up a new world of opportunity," Air-Cdre Oddie said.
In a further boost to the community, most of the
construction was undertaken by Afghan contractors
using local labour, with direction from ADF engineers.
The construction of the school was a partnership of
the Uruzgan Provincial Government and the Provincial
Reconstruction Team -- Uruzgan.
Thanks to the support of several ISAF partners, the
school has also been provided with furniture, book-
shelves, laboratory benches and sports equipment.
"With less than 1 per cent of Afghan women in
Uruzgan being able to read and write, it's essential for
the future of this country that we help provide vital ser-
vices like education for children," Air-Cdre Oddie said.
"I'm pleased that Australia has played a prominent
role in the school's development, and hope the benefits
to girls, their local community and country at large will
be felt for generations to come."
Open for business: A development adviser for
AUSAID, Jessie Belcher (light blue head dress),
cuts the ribbon to mark the opening of the Malalai
Girls' School in Tarin Kot, Afghanistan.
Study time: Students are ready for their first classes after the opening of the Malalai Girls' School in Tarin Kot. Photos by AB Jo Dilorenzo
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