Higher level of literacy training for Afghan National Police - new curriculum goes beyond learning to read & write to include more topics

At the beginning of this week, Germany’s police cooperation programme officially handed over a new curriculum for police literacy training to Afghanistan’s Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Education
With the new curriculum, Afghan police will now be able to learn how to read and write to sixth grade level in public schools. The new course programme will come into effect next year in police training schools and literacy courses all over the country.

Being able to read and write is a crucial skill for the nation’s policewomen and policemen. They are among the first to defend rule of law in Afghanistan, and need proper education to understand the laws they are protecting. The new curriculum for learning to read, write and understand their job builds up on the previous courses and covers more topics.

Policemen and policewomen will not only learn how to read and write. The syllabus now also includes specialised classes, for example on how to apply current law or gather information independently. Other topics covered in the course programme include human rights, gender, health, the environment as well as the role of police and their duties.

As one female police officer from Balkh, who has been taking part in additional training on women’s and children’s rights said, “I have learned a lot about the rights of women and children in Afghanistan and about our constitution. This has made it easier for me to correctly report violations to the law.”

Since 2009, Germany has been working together with the Ministry of Interior (MoI) to increase literacy levels among police. More than 62,000 police officers from all over the country have participated in longterm, and nearly 29,000 in short-term literacy courses so far.

Once the new literacy courses have been introduced, graduates from these courses can attend further classes to improve their job skills. The Afghan-German Cooperation programme for police training provided technical and financial assistance, but also works with partners on designing and adapting the police training curriculum to current needs.