Afghan police officers graduate training
HERAT, Afghanistan, Feb. 25 (UPI) — Afghanistan’s focused district development initiative graduated its first class of Afghan National Police in Herat Thursday.
The Afghan government’s district development project is an effort to improve policing in the country district by district. The reform initiative was developed by the Afghan Interior Ministry. Officials say 143 newly trained Afghan police graduated Thursday, marking the first class to graduate in Herat, the Combined Joint Task Force-82 reported.
Designed to address issues of inadequate training, poor equipment and corruption, the Combined Security Transition Command Afghanistan developed the district-focused program taught by civilian police instructors at eight regional training centers throughout the country, to make it easier for the police to provide public safety and security for local Afghan communities.
Officials say the officers from the western Afghanistan district of Bala-Beluk graduated Thursday from the program’s phase three, in which “their entire district was reorganized, re-equipped and retrained during an eight-week course,” the release said.
The final stage of the program, phase four, involves re-inserting the newly trained police officers back into their districts.
“The real test will be this next week, when the police go back to their districts and we see how the people perceive them,” Army Col. Peter Foreman, deputy to the commanding general for police development for Combined Security Transition Command Afghanistan, said in a statement.
Education fact sheet + Questions & answers
Source: United Nations Children’s Fund / February 25, 2008
Average adult illiteracy rate: 71% (female illiteracy as high as 86%)
– Up to 30% of primary school age children working to support families
– Early marriage affects many young girls (preventing access to education and increasing health risks)
UNICEF supports The Ministry of Education in the following areas.
– Girls’ education especially in rural areas(communitybased schools)
– School construction
– Teachers’ training
– Curriculum development
– Capacity building
– Women’s literacy
Key achievements in 2007
We witnessed over 5.7 million children going to school, the construction of 113 schools were completed in 2007 with UNICEF’s support. In addition over 48,000 women completed their literacy courses that they had started in 2006.
– 3,643 Community Based Schools (CBSs) for over 140,000 students with no access to formal schools in the remote villages were supported.
– Afghanistan Girls’ Education Initiative (AGEI) was launched under the umbrella of UN Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI). With over 20 partners, including line ministries, UN and donor agencies, NGOs and research organizations work plan for 2008-2010 was drafted.
– National de-worming round for 5.6 million grades 1-9 school aged children
– One sample chapter for 100 titles of textbooks books (Science, Math, Social Studies, Languages, and Geography) developed by Afghan authors with the technical support of experts in Jordon. Forty-four Afghan curriculum experts were trained for one month in Jordon; this process was jointly supported by UNESCO.
– Orientation guide on newly developed textbooks of grade 3 and 6 was developed and 80 master trainers from 34 provinces were trained. o 2,901 literacy courses for 77,998 female adult learners were supported throughout the country.
– Teaching and learning materials (TLMs) to 5.16 million children (grade 1-6) and 96,428 teachers distributed.
– 530 classroom tents, 4,313 blackboards and 3,155 floor mats were distributed.