Police-specific Newspaper to Strengthen Afghan Police Literacy
UNESCO Kabul contributes to promoting literacy among Afghan National Police through its Literacy Empowerment for Afghan Police (LEAP) project—an important initiative that supports building Afghanistan’s capacity in securing the safety of the country. As one of its key activities, LEAP publishes police-specific newspapers and magazines for Afghan police to promote literacy and provide the latest information to police officers on important security-related issues.
Afghanistan is in a critical stage of its history—struggling to build strong institutions and taking on the responsibilities needed to build a secure nation. Accordingly, the transition of security operations is one of the most important milestones that the Afghan government should fully undertake by the end of 2014.
Despite the considerable growth in the size of the Afghan National Police (ANP), some challenges remain such as high rate of illiteracy among the recruits. As per UNESCO’s mandate in providing education opportunities to all levels of society, the UNESCO Kabul Office has developed and implemented the Literacy for Empowering Afghan Police project (LEAP).
The project aims to facilitate quality literacy opportunities for ANP officers through Master Trainers to enhance the delivery of literacy and provide literacy materials to sustain newly acquired literacy skills of ANP graduates. Funded by the Government of Japan, the project is jointly-implemented with the Ministry of Interior (MOI) in close-partnership with other literacy stakeholders.
A monthly newspaper called Khedmat “to serve” and a quarterly magazine, aiming to help the new literacy learners with police-specific and reader-friendly topics are part of the project activities. 35,000 copies of newspaper and 35,000 copies of magazines are published and disseminated across the country on a regular basis. UNESCO Kabul Programme Specialist, Mr. Wahab Moez believes that the newspaper and magazine publication not only encourages reading, but also serves as educational tool to disseminate police-specific issues such as human rights, gender equality, democratic policing, corruption, child protection, boarder policing and counter-narcotics and other important relevant issues.
The following are some perspectives of the Khedmat newspaper by some police officers:
Colonel Noor Agha Ibrahim:
“Our main responsibility is to maintain security and protect civilians. I encourage people to cooperate with police forces and assist them to perform well. Our joint-efforts will prevent incidents and criminal activities to occur. The monthly Khedmat newspaper published by UNESCO is used as supplementary material at ANP literacy centers. In addition, since the UNESCO assisted Khedmat newspaper is focused on police-specific topics and articles, it can also be used as a tool in enhancing public awareness on policing activities….”
Third Lietenant Mohammad Hakim:
“Education is the essential pillar of our system. The monthly newspaperr assisted by UNESCO promotes the literacy skills of ANP students and upgrade the professional knowledge of ANP officers. I suggest that all ANP officers and ANP learners should read the Khedmat monthly newspaperr.”
1st Lietenant Ahmad Nero:
“….ANP’s access to such a vital educative instrument is a big achievement….”
1st corporal Khuja Najmuddin:
“Police officers need to have access to such materials and I am very happy that it reaches us on a regular basis… ”
For more information, please contact Mr. Wahab Moez at: email@example.com