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GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Afghans, who are students in the traffic training program, carry chairs purchased by the Ghazni Provincial Reconstruction Team, June 16, in Ghazni City. Other supplies included a 32-inch flat panel television, printer, notebooks, driver’s manuals and a digital camera. The equipment will allow Afghan drivers to possess a driver’s license once the training is completed. The training is administered by the Afghan National Police. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. J.T. May III, Ghazni Provincial Reconstruction Team Public Affairs)GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan– The Ghazni Provincial Reconstruction Team delivered much needed educational supplies, June 16, to the traffic training program taught by the Afghan National Police in Ghazni City.

The 30 desks and chairs, 200 driver’s manuals, 200 notebooks and pens, computer system, TV screen, printer, copier, scanner, and digital camera all go toward the ANP’s efforts to teach safe driving skills to the people of Ghazni province.



GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan – U.S. Army Master Sgt. Frederic Smith, Ghazni Provincial Reconstruction Team civil affairs non-commissioned officer in charge from Fulton, N.Y., offloads supplies used to assist students in the traffic training program, June 16, in Ghazni City. The equipment donated by the PRT will allow Afghan drivers to possess a driver’s license once the training is completed. The training is administered by the Afghan National Police and will continually be used for new students taking the course. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. J.T. May III, Ghazni Provincial Reconstruction Team Public Affairs)GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Ghulam Muhammad Rasekh, Director of Ghazni Traffic Police Department in Ghazni province, pauses after thanking Ghazni Provincial Reconstruction Team for the supplies to assist the traffic school students, June 16. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. JT May III, Ghazni Provincial Reconstruction Team Public Affairs)“This was the traffic police chief’s idea, we’re just supporting him,” said U.S. Army Maj. Jonathan Price, Ghazni PRT civil affairs team chief from East Windsor, N.J.


The Director of the Ghazni Traffic Police Department, Ghulam Muhammad Rasekh, created the proposal, and because his request was under $5,000, the PRT was able to treat it as a Bulk Commander’s Emergency Response Program  which renders faster results than a larger-scale project.

“Bulk CERP Projects are small-scale, small-cost projects, usually under $5000, that offer immediate assistance to the local population,” Price said. “We like conducting Bulk CERP because they are quick, usually take less than 30 days and help connect the Afghan people with the government.”

The new desks and chairs will replace the older chairs that were not suitable for learning due to their disrepair, and the TV screen will replace the chalkboard for more efficient learning. The all-in-one printer, copier and scanner will allow the ANP to print course completion certificates and driver’s licenses, and the digital camera will let them take pictures for the identification cards.

The new computer system will be faster and easier to use, and the 200 driver’s manuals will be reused so students do not have to pay out of pocket for the manuals.

“The class is free, but people have to pay 500 Afghanis to the government for their license,” Rasekh said. “This class is province-wide, so people from different districts come here to learn.”

Afghans have to be 18 years old to get a driver’s license, and they have to pass a written exam, a driving test, and pass the medical portion of the class for sight and hearing. Because Afghanistan has an adult literacy rate of 28 percent, according to the United Nations Children’s Funds organization, students can take a verbal test in place of the written exam.

“If they fail, they have to retake the class,” Rasekh said. “It is mandatory in Afghanistan to have a license to drive.”

The goal is to graduate 200 people in 15 days, he said.

The class teaches international rules of the road, traffic signals, overcoming blind spots, how to approach multiple vehicles on a curved road, and even what to do when approaching coalition forces in a convoy. With the new equipment, the ANP will train new drivers more efficiently.


Last Updated on Friday, 18 June 2010 00:01



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