RAMADI, Iraq --
RAMADI, Iraq – Service members with embedded Provincial Reconstruction Team-Ramadi, Regimental Combat Team 1, met with the mayor of Ramadi, Iraq, to donate educational books to local schools recently.
The books, designed to teach children in elementary schools from first through sixth grade, will be given to teachers in the city for use in their students’ daily curriculum.
The books are designed to help improve daily lessons in core classes and will supplement courses Iraqi teachers and headmasters of district schools are already teaching.
“We are very grateful for the books given to us today,” said Latif Obaid Ayadah, mayor of Ramadi. “The books will immediately be put to good use to teach the future of Iraq.”
The books are part of educational packets distributed by a prominent publishing company in the U.S., but are printed in Arabic.
The teaching aids, enough to fill a large warehouse, were ordered by Coalition forces in May this year. The cost for the books and their shipping totaled approximately $380,000.
Only 25 percent of the order has arrived to Iraq, but several more pallets of books are scheduled to arrive soon, said Army Lt. Col. Joseph Fasceski, civil affairs officer with ePRT.
Officials with the educational ministry of Iraq are working on a plan to evenly distribute the donated materials to schools throughout the city.
Ramadi has approximately 270 schools that range in size from large buildings to small, one-room classrooms in rural areas. In several small areas and communities, families living near one another send their children to a neighborhood house where they meet each day for classes.
“We are working to try and increase the education for students and add lecture halls for teachers to implement programs that will be highly beneficial to students,” said Fasceski. “These books were donated … so that teachers can keep them in the classrooms and use them for the next few years.”
With classes beginning later this month for many children in Ramadi, the new learning aids will offer them new opportunities.
The books and teaching aids are scheduled to be delivered into schools throughout the next several weeks.