Kurdish Regional Government leaders and Coalition forces inaugurated the first, permanent educational facility Feb. 12 in the mountainous region of Kani Mayor Village, Iraq.
The new school supports growing educational needs and serves as a platform for the future economic stability of the Kani Mayor Village and surrounding communities of Panjwin, Iraq.
â€œWhen decent schools are not available for their children, parents have traditionally packed up and moved from their villages to the city. After awhile, due to the exodus of people, the villageâ€™s economy begins to suffer,â€ said the tribal leader.
â€œBy putting brick on brick, it is proof you are not only protecting our people from terrorists, but also caring for our childrenâ€™s educational future,â€ said the regional education director. â€œThank you for giving the children a place to study and have a future.â€
The modern schoolhouse is fully equipped with five roomy classrooms, two bathrooms, new desks, textbooks and overhead lighting. Additionally, in an effort to attract and retain the most qualified educators, a separate building was constructed to serve as living quarters for the instructors.
Village children expressed sincere appreciation for the new facility to KRG leaders and were ecstatic to leave behind their temporary schoolhouse, which was a loaned-out chicken coop from one of the local farmers.
â€œItâ€™s nice to finally be rid of that old school and not have to share (my new school) with chickens,â€ said a 13-year-old girl, who is excited to get back to school and continue her Arabic lessons.