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January 26, 2004
Release Number: 04-01-64



MOSUL, Iraq - The leaders of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Corps Support Group were among the invited guests at a ribbon cutting ceremony today in the city of Mosul for a teachers' training facility that they helped refurbish.

The teachers' training facility is a place where teachers will be trained in their respective fields and taught the most up-to-date techniques in teaching children.

"Training sessions will not be American curriculum, just modern teaching methods," said Col. Gerald Dolinish, commander, 101st CSG. "This refurbishing is about the children of Iraq. Children have no political parties, they just have needs."

Non-Governmental Organizations will send people to the facility as instructors. A class of 941 teachers is scheduled to begin Feb. 2, and another 400 will attend the facility Feb. 12.

Dolinish believes that teachers who are experts in their fields will in turn be able to better educate children.

Maj. Gen. David H. Petraeus, division commander, put Dolinish in charge of working with the Ninevah Province Department of Education to repair and refurbish as many of the schools and learning institutions in the province as possible. So far, the 101st CSG has spent $3 million on projects connected to the department of education. They have rebuilt and repaired 159 schools in the province, said Lt. Col. Sherrie Bosley, operations officer, 101st CSG.

"It has been my pleasure to try and help the schools and children of Ninevah," Dolinish said. "We have taken the children into our hearts."

Approximately $50,000, funded by the 101st CSG, was used to repair and refurbish the training facility, Bosley said.

The building was abandoned when the 101st soldiers began their project. The roof, walls, and floor all had to be redone. Most of the building had to be plastered, all the doors and windows had to be replaced and the water and plumbing reconnected. The walls had to be painted and electrical work had to be done, Bosley said.

"We're not just restoring (the facility), we're making it better than it was," she said.

The project was completed in two months by hiring local contractors, who in turn hired local workers, thereby helping the economy.

"We're putting a lot of people back to work through the refurbishing program," Bosley said.

So far the 101st has helped repair and rebuild more then 550 schools across the province, Bosley said.

The 101st continues to work with the citizens and leaders of Iraq to make it a safe, prosperous, and democratic nation.


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