Supporting the training and literacy of the Afghan police force

Project description

Title: Police Cooperation Project (PCP)
Commissioned by: German Federal Foreign Office
Country: Afghanistan
Lead executing agency: Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MoCI)
Overall term: 2008 to 2020



Afghanistan faces challenges in establishing the rule of law: There is a lack of sufficiently trained public officials capable of consistently implementing the constitution and state laws in everyday life throughout the country while taking into account the interests of the citizens. Due to the lack of trained, fully operational and citizen-oriented police officers, the Afghan police force (ANP) mainly employs unqualified staff who possess little or even no general education. Over 80 percent of the active police force is illiterate or has a very low level of literacy. As a result, the officers are unable to perform basic tasks in routine police operations such as checking passports, driving licences or forms. 


The Afghan police force performs their tasks more professionally, thereby working as closely as possible to the people, and contributes to greater stability and security in the country.



Support for police training aims to establish a more competent and independent Afghan police force. The literacy rate of the police force will be increased in order to create a basic requirement for professional police work. Participants learn to read and write in daily training courses provided during their period of service. GIZ provides support through teachers, teaching materials, tables, benches and black or white boards.

The literacy courses also cover civic topics such as human rights, health and equality. Participants learn about the role of the police in the state structure and its relationship to the people. The courses also involve general education topics. This comprehensive training course aims to make police work more professional and, at the same time, more attractive. It will offer police officers opportunities for professional and social advancement.


  • Several tens of thousands of Afghans in the police force have attended the project’s literacy courses. More than 25,000 male police officers and over 500 female police officers have received a certificate to date. The Afghan Ministry of Education equates this with a third grade education.
  • More than 28,000 male police officers and over 750 female police officers are currently enrolled in the programme. In addition, more than 8,500 participants are taking part in advanced courses, which will enable them to reach a sixth grade level.
  • The training and further education of the ‘literacy officers’ has commenced; they will assume the coordination of literacy courses in the Afghan Ministry of Interior Affairs.

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