• Daykundi provincial governor Qurban Ali Uruzgani addresses key Afghan and ISAF leadership during a key leader engagement during a coalition forces visit Dec. 10, 2012 in Nili, Daykundi. The main discussion was the province's recent achievement related to the Afghan Peace and Reintegration Program following the reintegration of former insurgents in Daykundi. The governor welcomed representatives of the 257 new reintegrees and facilitated discussion with key leaders on the planning and management of future events within the APRP and the province.  (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. 1st. Class Theresa Gualdarama)

    Daykundi province a model for peace, reintegration program

    Daykundi provincial governor Qurban Ali Uruzgani addresses key Afghan and ISAF leadership during a key leader engagement during a coalition forces visit Dec. 10, 2012 in Nili, Daykundi. The main discussion was the province's recent achievement related...

  • Australian army Col. Simon Stuart, Combined Team Uruzgan commander, shakes the hand of an Afghan boy during a coalition forces assessment visit Dec. 10, 2012 at Nili, Afghanistan. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. 1st. Class Theresa Gualdarama)

    Daykundi province a model for peace, reintegration program

    Australian army Col. Simon Stuart, Combined Team Uruzgan commander, shakes the hand of an Afghan boy during a coalition forces assessment visit Dec. 10, 2012 at Nili, Afghanistan. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. 1st. Class Theresa Gualdarama)

  • Australian army Col. Simon Stuart, Combined Team Uruzgan commander, shakes the hand of an Afghan boy during a coalition forces assessment visit Dec. 10, 2012 at Nili, Afghanistan. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. 1st. Class Theresa Gualdarama)

    Daykundi province a model for peace, reintegration program

    Australian army Col. Simon Stuart, Combined Team Uruzgan commander, shakes the hand of an Afghan boy during a coalition forces assessment visit Dec. 10, 2012 at Nili, Afghanistan. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. 1st. Class Theresa Gualdarama)

  • Australian army Lt. John King, Combined Team Uruzgan liaison officer, hands donated beanies and scarves to the Afghan children at a school during a coalition forces assessment visit Dec. 10, 2012 at Nili, Afghanistan. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. 1st. Class Theresa Gualdarama)

    Daykundi province a model for peace, reintegration program

    Australian army Lt. John King, Combined Team Uruzgan liaison officer, hands donated beanies and scarves to the Afghan children at a school during a coalition forces assessment visit Dec. 10, 2012 at Nili, Afghanistan. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. 1st...

  • Australian army Lt. John King, Combined Team Uruzgan liaison officer, hands treats to an Afghan boy at a school during a coalition forces assessment visit Dec. 10, 2012 at Nili, Afghanistan. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. 1st. Class Theresa Gualdarama)

    Daykundi province a model for peace, reintegration program

    Australian army Lt. John King, Combined Team Uruzgan liaison officer, hands treats to an Afghan boy at a school during a coalition forces assessment visit Dec. 10, 2012 at Nili, Afghanistan. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. 1st. Class Theresa Gualdarama)

  • Australian army Lt. John King, Combined Team Uruzgan liaison officer, hands treats to an Afghan boy at a school during a coalition forces assessment visit Dec. 10, 2012 at Nili, Afghanistan. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. 1st. Class Theresa Gualdarama)

    Daykundi province a model for peace, reintegration program

    Australian army Lt. John King, Combined Team Uruzgan liaison officer, hands treats to an Afghan boy at a school during a coalition forces assessment visit Dec. 10, 2012 at Nili, Afghanistan. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. 1st. Class Theresa Gualdarama)

  • Australian army Col. Simon Stuart, Combined Team Uruzgan commander, speaks with female students, parents and teachers at the all-girl school during a coalition forces assessment visit Dec. 10, 2012 at Nili, Afghanistan. He highlighted the importance of education and encouraged them to learn as much as they can because they are the future of their country. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. 1st. Class Theresa Gualdarama)

    Daykundi province a model for peace, reintegration program

    Australian army Col. Simon Stuart, Combined Team Uruzgan commander, speaks with female students, parents and teachers at the all-girl school during a coalition forces assessment visit Dec. 10, 2012 at Nili, Afghanistan. He highlighted the importance of...

  • Australian army Col. Simon Stuart, Combined Team Uruzgan commander, speaks with female students, parents and teachers at the all-girl school during a coalition forces assessment visit Dec. 10, 2012 at Nili, Afghanistan. He highlighted the importance of education and encouraged them to learn as much as they can because they are the future of their country. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. 1st. Class Theresa Gualdarama)

    Daykundi province a model for peace, reintegration program

    Australian army Col. Simon Stuart, Combined Team Uruzgan commander, speaks with female students, parents and teachers at the all-girl school during a coalition forces assessment visit Dec. 10, 2012 at Nili, Afghanistan. He highlighted the importance of...

  • Daykundi provincial governor Qurban Ali Uruzgani speaks with female students, parents and teachers at the all-girl school during a coalition forces assessment visit Dec. 10, 2012 at Nili, Afghanistan. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. 1st. Class Theresa Gualdarama)

    Daykundi province a model for peace, reintegration program

    Daykundi provincial governor Qurban Ali Uruzgani speaks with female students, parents and teachers at the all-girl school during a coalition forces assessment visit Dec. 10, 2012 at Nili, Afghanistan. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. 1st. Class Theresa...

  • Day Kundi provincial governor Qurban Ali Uruzgani and Australian army Col. Simon Stuart, Combined Team Uruzgan commander, discusses government assistance projects needed throughout the Daykundi community during a coalition forces assessment visit Dec. 10, 2012 at Nili, Afghanistan. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. 1st. Class Theresa Gualdarama)

    Daykundi province a model for peace, reintegration program

    Day Kundi provincial governor Qurban Ali Uruzgani and Australian army Col. Simon Stuart, Combined Team Uruzgan commander, discusses government assistance projects needed throughout the Daykundi community during a coalition forces assessment visit Dec...

  • Daykundi provincial governor Qurban Ali Uruzgani addresses key Afghan and ISAF leadership during a key leader engagement during a coalition forces visit Dec. 10, 2012 in Nili, Daykundi. The main discussion was the province's recent achievement related to the Afghan Peace and Reintegration Program following the reintegration of former insurgents in Daykundi. The governor welcomed representatives of the 257 new reintegrees and facilitated discussion with key leaders on the planning and management of future events within the APRP and the province.  (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. 1st. Class Theresa Gualdarama)

    Daykundi province a model for peace, reintegration program

    Daykundi provincial governor Qurban Ali Uruzgani addresses key Afghan and ISAF leadership during a key leader engagement during a coalition forces visit Dec. 10, 2012 in Nili, Daykundi. The main discussion was the province's recent achievement related...

  • Azra Jafari, Nili mayor, addresses the audience at a key leader engagement discussing community development projects and plans needed throughout the Daykundi province during a coalition forces visit Dec. 10, 2012 at Nili, Daykundi. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. 1st. Class Theresa Gualdarama)

    Daykundi province a model for peace, reintegration program

    Azra Jafari, Nili mayor, addresses the audience at a key leader engagement discussing community development projects and plans needed throughout the Daykundi province during a coalition forces visit Dec. 10, 2012 at Nili, Daykundi. (U.S. Army Photo by...

  • Daykundi provincial governor Qurban Ali Uruzgani addresses the audience at a shura discussing the Afghan Peace and Reintegration Program and government assistance projects needed throughout the Daykundi community during a coalition forces assessment visit Dec. 10, 2012 at Nili, Afghanistan. This meeting welcomed new reintegrees and allowed leaders to plan and manage future events within the APRP and the community. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. 1st. Class Theresa Gualdarama)

    Daykundi province a model for peace, reintegration program

    Daykundi provincial governor Qurban Ali Uruzgani addresses the audience at a shura discussing the Afghan Peace and Reintegration Program and government assistance projects needed throughout the Daykundi community during a coalition forces assessment...

TARIN KOT, Afghanistan - Daykundi province continues to be a model province for the Afghan Peace and Reintegration Program. A staggering 257 insurgents joined the program within the last month, giving officials optimism for the future of the program in the Uruzgan region.

The APRP is a three-phase transitional program implemented by the Afghan government to provide former insurgents an opportunity to stop fighting and become contributing members of the Afghan community.

On Dec. 10, a visible key leader engagement led by Daykundi provincial governor Qurban Ali Uruzgani and Australian army Col. Simon Stuart, the Combined Team Uruzgan commander, discussed the future of the program and culminated a week of coalition activities in Nili related to the recent reintegration of former insurgents within the province.

The group also conducted visits to an all-girls school and the Nili Airfield the same day. Both facilities are undergoing construction as the province continues to improve its community and education standards.

During the KLE, Stuart said he hoped to increase Daykundi's representation in Kabul in non-government and government organizations. He also ensured officials he would not promise support he cannot provide.

Stuart was joined by Lt. Col. John Dietrick, the Uruzgan and Daykundi Afghan hand, a specially trained coalition soldier who builds relationships with Afghan partners. Dietrick had just concluded a week-long visit in Nili to mentor the provincial peace council chairman/deputy chairman and assess the APRP representative in Daykundi.

According to Dietrick, the Peace and Reintegration shura was held to welcome new reintegrees, explain program dynamics, manage project expectations, answer program questions, and plan future events. He also discussed the efficiency of the Daykundi government.

"The Daykundi leadership is proactive rather than reactive. They are not standing by waiting for assistance or answers; rather, they go out and do what they can with the resources they currently have - it's impressive," Dietrick said.

The Daykundi program has not reached its full potential, however, he said. With the full support from the joint secretariat, the high peace council and other partners, the province has the potential to show what the APRP can accomplish in Afghanistan, Dietrick said.

Stuart was specifically impressed by the leadership's emphasis on education.

"I admire and respect the high priority that the people of Nili and Daykundi place on education," Stuart said.

During a recent visit to one of the girls' school in Nili, Stuart spoke about the importance of education and mentioned the advice he gives to his daughter.

"Work very hard at school and learn from your teachers, because you are the future of your country," Stuart said.

Dietrick said Daykundi province has shown great progress and promise for the future.

"Daykundi is impressive with regard to governance and building a future. What stood out is its high education standards and opportunities for women, especially in education," Dietrick said. "Last year, over 4,700 students graduated from high school, of which 45.7 percent were female."

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