UNESCO Kabul Head meets with the Afghan Minister of Interior
UNESCO Kabul Director met with H.E Mujtaba Patang the Afghan Minister of Interior (MoI) to discuss the joint UNESCO and MoI initiative, Literacy for the Empowerment of Afghan Police (LEAP). During the meeting H.E Mr. Patang thanked UNESCO for the effort to “equip Afghan police with literacy.” He termed illiteracy as a “big challenge” for Afghan police, as currently about 70% of the police are illiterate.
Mr. Paolo Fontani, Head of UNESCO Kabul Office appreciated the Ministry’s efforts to provide literacy skills to police as an “essential factor for the professional capacity development of the Afghan police.”
Khedemat quarterly magazine and Khedmant monthly newsletter, are two publications that mean to serve as a supplementary materials for enhancing literacy skills of neo-literates. H.E commended the quality of these publications as well as its vast distribution to different provinces across Afghanistan.
UNESCO plans to train 500 police literacy volunteer instructors till the end of this project (August 2013). At the same time UNESCO has been working to develop a new project proposal to continue literacy provision to police beyond existing project. In LEAP 1,000 classes will be established and will cover 20,000 police patrolmen/women. Further institutional capacity building of MoI Literacy Department in project planning, implementation, management, teacher training, materials development and monitoring and evaluation are envisaged to be carried out in LEAP 2 together with the MoI. The Minister retreated his support for the second phase of the project by referring to the transition process in which further responsibilities will be directed towards the Afghan police in near future.
Funded by the government of Japan and jointly implemented by the UNESCO Kabul Office and the MOI, LEAP seeks to strengthen the capacity of MoI’s Literacy Department on provision of literacy police on sustainable manner.