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14 WORLD NEWS
Army February 17, 2011
By AB Jo DiLorenzo
AFGHAN National Army
(ANA) soldiers are improv-
ing their career options
with literacy and numera-
cy classes coordinated by
Australian Combined Team
Uruzgan (CTU) personnel at
Multinational Base Tarin Kot.
CTU’s SO3 for ANA
Development, Capt Michael
Henderson, said about 28 per
cent of Afghans were literate and
the Dari and Pashto classes were
developed to help ANA soldiers
with career progression and trade
development. He said it was
often literacy skills that separat-
ed ANA officers from soldiers.
“The classes started about
two months ago because 4th Bde
soldiers weren’t achieving the
required literacy levels, which
is a prerequisite for a number
of the ANA’s career progression
courses,” Capt Henderson said.
“CTU did quite a bit of
searching and eventually found
some literacy training contrac-
tors. CTU’s involvement to
date has been co-ordinating the
implementation of that contract
and making sure facilities are
Twice a day each weekday,
five instructors hold classes com-
prising about 30 soldiers.
Capt Henderson said it would
take the soldiers 12 months to
progress through grades one, two
and three of the course.
ANA 4th Bde Deputy
Training Officer Lt-Col
Mohammed Ismil Faqiri said
he hoped the courses would
increase soldier retention and
serve as a valuable recruitment
“We are happy with the learn-
ing opportunities the Coalition
forces have provided for us in
Afghanistan. All Afghans and
Afghan soldiers should be able
to read and write,” he said.
Course manager Dar Bar said
it was good for the soldiers to
learn literacy skills they could
pass on to their children.
“By passing on their literacy
skills, fathers and mothers will
help their children to be promot-
ed throughout life,” he said.
Capt Henderson said CTU
may also implement English lit-
eracy training in the near future.
“That training will be aimed
towards ANA command and
officers, because they have the
most interaction with the men-
tors, so they’ll use it the most.”
The power of the pen
Do you come
MEETING Hollywood heartthrob George Clooney
was an unexpected bonus for Sgt Sarah Lewis,
deployed to southern Sudan as part of the ADF’s
contribution to the UN mission.
Clooney was visiting Sudan to publicise and support
the referendum process to decide whether the south will
form a separate nation.
He was more than happy to have his picture taken
with Sgt Lewis and Leut Kylie Robson while on his way
to have dinner with South Sudanese President Salva Kiir
Mayardit in his role as a UN Messenger of Peace.
Based in Juba, Sgt Lewis has been involved in pro-
viding logistical advice on the assets available to the UN
mission, as well as collating information requests on
Referenda Support Base construction and maintenance.
“The people of Juba are very nice and the culture is
interesting,” she said. “I have already had a number of
experiences that I will remember for a long time.”
Official results of the South Sudan referendum were
released last week and indicated a 98 per cent majority
in support of separation from the north. It is expected to
become an independent state on July 9.
Chance meeting: Leut Kylie Robson and Sgt
Sarah Lewis score a picture with George Clooney.
The write stuff: Capt Michael Henderson and course
instructors observe an Afghan soldier answering a
written question during a language lesson at the ANA
base in Tarin Kot.
Photo by AB Jo Dilorenzo
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