By Pfc. Nathaniel Smith
4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division
BAGHDAD, March 14, 2007 — The Iraqi National Police and Multi-National Division-Baghdad Forces opened the Mutanabi Teachers' Institute in the Rasheed district of the Iraqi capital, March 13.
The institute was opened at the Netaaken School, a school for girls, ages 12 through 19, in the southern district.
Sabeeh Al Ka'abi, the head of the Al Rasheed District Action Council, said this project, which took about three weeks to complete, would help teachers do their job of educating young Iraqis.
Staff Sgt. Bryan Stone, a squad leader with Troop C, 1st Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, whose unit was instrumental in opening the school, said the mission went smoothly while providing a facility for the all-important business of education.
"Education's something no one can take away from you," he said. "It helps them provide for their own."
This project took place through the cooperation between MND-B forces and the Iraqi National Police, Ka'abi said, because of the two groups' common aim.
"The Iraqi government and the coalition forces work hard because they have one goal," he said, "to build a new Iraq."
Stone said that the goal of building a new Iraq is one that the Iraqi people stand behind.
"It makes me feel good to know that they appreciate what we do," he said. "It looks like everybody out there is a little bit happier knowing they're getting a little more education and a little more security."
Photo: Sabeeh Al Ka'abi, the head of the Al Rasheed District Action Council, cuts the ribbon to open the Mutanabi Teachers' Institute in Southeast Rasheed, March 13. The institute was opened at the Netaaken School, a school for girls, ages 12 through 19. U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Nathaniel Smith.