KUCOVA, Albania — Deborah Jones, U.S. Embassy Tirana, Charge' d' Affaires, Army Lt. Col. Martin Perryman, Head of the Embassy's Office of Defense Cooperation (ODC), and Mr. Charles Brady, U.S. European Command's Humanitarian Assistance Program Manager, joined local authorities in a dedication ceremony marking the completion of a U.S. financed humanitarian assistance project in the town of Kucova.
Director of the school, Ms. Thomai and Perryman cut a ceremonial ribbon to officially re-open the school. Following cheers and applause, attendees walked through the school to see the improvements made. Brady and Army Lt. Col. McCall from EUCOM, attended the event as a sign of partnership with the Republic of Albania; particularly the town of Kucova and its citizens.
The renovation of the school was the main project in the school's revitalization efforts. The interior of the building was completely renovated. All floors, walls, stairs, electricity, ventilation system and plumbing were refurbished. The exterior was also repaired. The roof, walls, doors, and windows were re-done as well as new front steps.
Kucova is the home of a projected NATO support base. The school will improve the town's ability to better educate children in this area and absorb projected increases in Albanian troops stationed in this area.
"This school is of great significance not only for this neighborhood but also for the entire town of Kucova," said Mr. Kurti, Mayor of Kucova.
"I am very impressed with the school and its renovations. It brings hope to the pupils as they be resume classes in this new facility. We anticipate that the student body will expend as a result of these improvements," said Thomai.
"It is my wish that this school be able to help the children of Kucova for many decades and produce the educated, enlightened adults that will lead Albania in peace and prosperity as part of Europe and the World." said Perryman.
The opening ceremony was broadcast throughout the country on four national TV channels, and newspapers.