08 August, 2019, Kabul, Afghanistan - 
UNDP Afghanistan, together with the American University of Afghanistan (AUAF) and the Ministry of Interior Affairs (MOIA) held the graduation ceremony of its Master of Arts in Education and Law Enforcement (MAELE) programme for 25 personnel of the Ministry today. The programme is designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of members of the Police Academy as well as Staff College instructors and staff i English language, computer literacy and teaching skills. These staff will pass on their knowledge to law enforcement personnel in Afghanistan thus, ensuring a highly educated cadre of police.

The MAELE programme consists of twelve courses, covering many areas of education and law enforcement, such as the design and development of curriculum, socio-cultural anthropology of Afghanistan, criminology, cybercrime and forensic science.

Starting on May 1, 2017, a group of 70 candidates spent 16 weeks in a preparatory course of studies, taking intensive classes in graduate studies, English as a second language, and computer literacy. Upon completion of the preparatory semester, 25 of the 70 participants were selected to proceed to the regular degree program.

The programme is part of UNDP’s TSM Project - Transitional Support to the Ministry of Interior Affairs. It is a two-year degree programme offered by the American University of Afghanistan to participants selected by the Ministry of Interior.

Today's event was attended by Mohammad Masood Andarabi, Minister of Interior Affairs; Mohammad Farid Afzali, Police Academy Commander; Abdul Jabar Purdily, Deputy Minister of Training and Personnel; AUAF senior management and UNDP representatives.

Minister Andarabi commenced his speech by congratulating the 25 MOIA personnel and spoke about the value of education to individuals and to the country's development as a whole.

“I thank UNDP for their continued support to the MOIA to build its institution and enhance the capacity of the police to uphold the rule of law and protect citizens,” added Minister Andarabi.

MOIA is the lead rule of law institution in the country, and improving its ability to train an effective and professional police force is essential for the future stability of Afghanistan. Through the MAELE programme, UNDP hopes to train well qualified staff at the Kabul Police Academy, provincial training centers of the MOIA and staff colleges, which will in turn lead to highly qualified officers on the force, and improved governance and rule of law.

UNDP has been supporting the Ministry of Interior Affairs since 2002 to build and maintain a professional police force that upholds the rule of law and protects citizens. In addition to supporting police payroll management, UNDP has supported the Ministry to build its institutions and enhance the capacity of police and its civilian apparatus by providing on-the-job training and long-term professional training programmes.

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