Tabasum Sharqi (left) opens a book she received for graduating at the top of her Fatima Girls High School class at a ceremony held at the Kunar Department of Women’s (click for more)
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U.S. Army Capt. Nicole Zupka of Fair Lawn, N.J., a battlewatch captain with Combined Joint Task Force-Paladin, helps an Afghan child with her writing skills during female engagement team training (click for more)
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PANJSHIR PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Panjshir Provincial Reconstruction Team engineers conducted its first hands-on construction workshop for 13 locally-owned construction companies March 8.
“After hearing about our construction workshop on the radio station the night before, locals from nine different construction companies showed up an hour early in anticipation that they might be able to join the training and help build a relationship with the Panjshir Provincial Reconstruction Team,” said U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Phil Compton, PRT Engineer and Doty, Wash., native.
The PRT engineering team began preparing for the construction workshop in January with hopes of mitigating the most common construction errors they have seen in the province.
Compton said workshop was designed with four ideas in mind: to lay out the PRT’s expectations for the upcoming construction season; to help contractors close the gap between engineers and project manager and the local unskilled laborers; to create a common reference point for deficiencies discussions; and to allow PRT engineers and contractors to collaborate and network in a consequence-free environment.
The workshop included classroom instruction and hands-on application, including a lesson on working with concrete.
“Everyone here knows these are the basic principles for properly mixing concrete, however we have seen these mistakes on every project that we monitor in the province,” Scott Davis, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers construction representative with Panjshir PRT and an Omaha, Neb., native, said to the contractors during the class.
“Having this kind of workshop is very useful for construction engineers,” said Haji Ghulam Nabi Yaqoobi, director of Yaqoobi Construction and Road Construction Co., through an interpreter. “It allows us to develop our experience and skills and will help to improve construction in Panjshir Province.”
Overall, Compton believes the first two days were a success.
“The contractors were able to perform some hands-on labor, become familiar with the PRT’s expectations for rebar and concrete working, and do some collaboration and networking with each other,” he said.
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