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British Army Officer Helps Elementary School in Drenica, Kosovo

Lieutenant Colonel David Jones, Adviser to Commander of KSF, raised money to purchase toys for a school in one of the most deprived areas of Kosovo.

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Lieutenant Colonel Jones visiting Fehmi Rama Elementary School, delivering some of the donated toys and equipment.
Lieutenant Colonel Jones visiting Fehmi Rama Elementary School, delivering some of the donated toys and equipment.

On Election Day at this year’s Kosovo General Election, Lieutenant Colonel Jones was acting as an election observer in the Drenica area, and spent the majority of his time in various school buildings observing the election process. On a visit to “Fehmi Rama” Elementary School and during a quiet period in the election process, Lieutenant Colonel Jones engaged with Mr. Arben Kadriu, Director of the school, who proudly spoke about his school, students, its growth, new initiatives and took real pride showing him around.

During the school tour Mr. Kadriu explained how the school had expanded in recent times, especially the demand for the pre-school class and due to the class lacking basic equipment to allow for effective lessons. Lieutenant Colonel Jones felt he could help and promised to help the school by raising money to buy toys and learning materials for the class.

Lieutenant Colonel Jones visiting Fehmi Rama Elementary School, delivering some of the donated toys and equipment.

Over the next couple of months Lieutenant Colonel Jones got around family and friends to raise the necessary money to buy some essential equipment that would support children’s learning. During a recent visit to the school he presented the toys and learning materials to the children and teachers of the pre-school class.

Arben Kadriu, School Director said:

I would like to thank Lieutenant Colonel Jones, friends and family for their extremely kind donation and support. Without this assistance the class would not be so effective and not as good a learning environment. Lieutenant Colonel Jones has been a real support and I hope his help will continue in the future.

Published 23 September 2014