CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan - Afghan police recruits currently undergoing basic training are not only building fundamental tactical skills, but they’re also improving their level of education.
Students enrolled in Afghan National Police class 11-1 are continuing their education in classes designed to bring the recruits up to a basic literacy level at the Joint Security Academy Southwest, Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan.
The police recruits are learning how to read and write basic Dari and Pashto, as well as studying a number of topics including ethics, history and military instruction. All literacy course classes are taught by Afghan civilian instructors, who are currently employed by the 215th Corps in Camp Shora Bak.
“In order to better serve and protect our country, it is essential for these police recruits to be able to read and write,” said Jalal, a literacy course instructor at JSAS. “To help that effort, I became teacher in order to educate our country’s policeman.”
Jalal has a deep sense of pride for his job and is constantly rewarded by watching his students improve on a daily basis.
“My current students are definitely a lot better now,” Jalal said. “They have learned a lot since they joined this class. Whenever I see that my students are grasping the material I teach during my lessons, I feel extremely happy and proud of them.”
Mohammad Dawood, a police recruit from Farah province, feels that these literacy classes are a huge opportunity for him and is taking advantage of every chance he gets to learn something new.
“Personally, I am uneducated,” Dawood said. “It is great that our teacher is taking the time to give us these lessons so that we will be able to read and write. I try my best everyday we have class to learn something I did not know before.”
Dawood also feels that having more educated police officers and Afghans in general will allow Afghanistan to improve as a nation.
“Whatever happened to my country in the past was because of a lack of knowledge among the people,” Dawood said. “By learning as much as I can, I will be able to serve for my country, Afghans and my family.”
Dawood will not only use his newfound knowledge for his own gain, but also spread what he learned to his friends and family.
“After these classes I will able to teach my own children and other Afghans what I’ve learned in order to rebuild my country,” Dawood said.