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January 17, 2004
Release Number: 04-01-46


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COMMUNITY LEADERS, PARENTS LEARN HOW TO SEEK SCHOOL FUNDING

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Neighborhood Advisory Council (NAC) members attended a class to learn the procedures of earning a grant from the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) to support their public schools in Baghdad.

"In recognition of the urgent needs in schools, CPA has allocated $750 for each school in Baghdad," said Staff Sgt. Ron Chamrin of the 354th Civil Affairs Battalion, an Army Reserve unit from Riverdale, Md. "The purpose of this special funding is to enable each school's headmaster or mistress to improve the learning environment in their respective schools by meeting urgent critical needs."

The identification and selection of the project activity will occur through a process between the headmasters and mistresses, two teachers and a minimum of four parents (preferably at least two fathers and two mothers), he explained. However, the project would be more beneficial if more teachers and parents are involved.

The NAC representative agrees to inform the headmaster of each school in his neighborhood of the special funds available for schools and further agrees to consult with the community to identify the best use of these funds to address the urgent needs of that school.

The schoolmaster agrees to use these funds to provide for the critical needs of his school. Projects could include purchasing chalkboards, new desks, textbooks or fixing lighting and air conditioning. Parents and teachers must agree on the project.

Upon the completion of spending the project funds, the schoolmaster must provide a written confirmation of completion.

"The project is not intended to fix all problems," said Maj. Larry Howard, a CPA liaison officer. "This is an initial step to get the headmaster, the teacher and the parents to work together for the benefit of the students."

The NAC representative will receive each fund payment from CPA and agrees to disburse those funds immediately to the headmaster of each school in his neighborhood.

"This is a community-involved project," said Chamrin. "By working together everyone can improve and advance. This is another opportunity to improve Baghdad for all."

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