Literacy for Empowering Afghan Police (LEAP) Update
Security is the main concern for the Afghan people especially in post-2014 when the security responsibility is will be fully transferred to the Afghan security forces. The UNESCO Kabul Office has launched “Literacy for Empowering Afghan Police” Project (LEAP) in 2011 with funds provided by the government of Japan, to equip the Afghan police with the effective tool of literacy.
Newspaper and magazine
As part of the LEAP programme a monthly newspaper is being published by UNESCO highlighting police related issues in the national languages of Dari and Pashto to assist the neo-literates in the police to test their ability of reading with informative and relevant material. The police-specific content of the newspaper is produced in close collaboration with the Ministry of Interior and local news agencies to ensure quality of the language and accuracy of the content is up to the mark. The Police Officer Akarm Khan says: “I am so happy that I see the ‘Khedmat’ newsletter every month. The contents are very informative and it strengthens the topics we learn in the literacy class.” So far 6 editions of the newsletter have been issued with 35,000 copies in each distribution covering 34 provinces across Afghanistan.
A nine day Adult Literacy Training to enhance delivery of literacy for the Master Trainers conducted on 26 May – 05 June, 2012. The majority of activities were focused on teaching methodologies and best practices. The workshop provided opportunities for both trainers and trainees to exchange views and brainstorm relevant subjects. Ms. Sayeda a participant to the training welcomed the opportunity and hoped that her learning would sufficiently equip her with the training skills needed for her career as a Master trainer, “I feel so good for being able to serve the Afghan police through teaching literacy; no doubt that literate police can help this country better.” She said.