December 29, 2010

English Lessons For Afghan Workers At Camp Bastion from Helmand Blog - Afghanistan by ukforcesafghanistan

Helmand Blog - Afghanistan:English Lessons For Afghan Workers At Camp Bastion -
Twelve Afghan civilian workers at Camp Bastion were presented with certificates for completing a pioneering English language course run by the Joint Theatre Education Centre.

Brigadier Alister Davis, Commander Joint Force Support (Afghanistan) presented certificates to the Afghan students who are all employed by KBR, the civilian contractor responsible for a wide range of infrastructure and facilities management services at Camp Bastion. The ten week course comprised two one hour lessons each week taught by instructors from the Army’s Education and Training Service. Major Ed Rankin, Officer Commanding Joint Theatre Education Centre said “This is a new initiative run in conjunction with KBR. The aim is to offer our Afghan workers the opportunity to develop their knowledge of English and boost their employment prospects. The course also promotes an awareness of British culture and the role of ISAF”.

The Afghan students work in roles including labourers, mechanics, electricians and plumbers. Some had a greater knowledge and ability to speak English than others, but by the end of the course they all possessed a firm grasp of English grammar and had practised speaking and reading English. Major Rankin commented “Two of the initial class were found to be sufficiently proficient to pass the examination for Interpreters and one is now working at Camp Bastion as an interpreter. This is a respected and well paid position”.
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