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Verbatim: Educators aid Afghan ag lessons

Statement distributed Monday:

KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Indiana’s 3-19th Agribusiness Development Team is currently working with vocational agriculture teachers across the State of Indiana to develop hands-on, practical application experiences in agriculture for Khowst Province high schools in Eastern Afghanistan.

Over 60 specific areas of agricultural instruction are currently the focus of the 3-19th ADT Education Team as they look to introduce lesson plans with proven success to Afghan high schools.

The 3-19th ADT has embedded educational knowledge with the inclusion of Major Jeremy Gulley on the team roster. Major Gulley is the Principal of Huntington North High School in Northeast Indiana when he is not serving as an Education Officer for the 3-19th ADT.

Partnering with Steve Hickey, Director of Leadership Programs for the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, the 3-19th ADT has requested lesson plans from each of the state’s 186 FFA chapters in order to help provide Afghan youth with practical application experiences in agriculture. According to Gulley, “improved education will illuminate the path to a future that thirty years of war has made impassible and unknowable.”

Ms. Ashley Hornbrook, Agriculture & Biology instructor at Garrett High School, was the first to respond with a proposed lesson plan. Ms. Hornbrook’s lesson plan for “Plant Physiology” is now being considered by Gulley and other members of the 3-19th ADT’s education team. When asked about her involvement, Hornbrook is very eager to participate, stating "anytime I have the opportunity to assist with ideas for student advancement; whether here in Garrett, throughout the Midwest, or even across the world- why wouldn’t I want to make that positive influence?"

Other educators and agricultural experts interested in participating may contact Gulley directly by email at jeremy.gulley@afghan.swa.army.mil.

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