03.10.2013 - UNESCO Office in Kabul

Literacy courses for a more professional Afghan Police

© Pajhwok Afghan News

1st October 2013 Kabul, Afghanistan -The second phase of Literacy for Empowering Afghan Police (LEAP) was launched at the Ministry of Interior Affairs (MoI) with Mr. Paolo Fontani, UNESCO Representative to Afghanistan, General Mohammad Ayoub Salangi, Executive Deputy Minister of MoI and Mr. Mio Maeda, Chargé d’Affaires ad interim, Embassy of Japan to Afghanistan.

LEAP was started in 2011 and so far over 15,000 police men and women have benefitted from the literacy courses. Mr. Fontani acknowledged that literacy remains a challenge for the Afghan National Police (ANP), with at least 70% of ANP recruits reported to be illiterate. With the support of the Japanese Government, funding the literacy courses and technical assistance from UNESCO via the MoI, police will be able to interact better with people when carrying out their police duties.

Mr. Salangi highlighted that the new phase of the literacy courses under LEAP II will help to professionalize the force to better serve the people of Afghanistan, adding that “the courses are crucial to strengthening the skills of recruits and to instilling them with a sense of responsibility.”

The Government of Japan also reconfirmed its commitment to enhancing police literacy and numeracy with Mr. Maeda adding that “literacy skills will lay the foundation for a stable and prosperous Afghanistan.”

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