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calendar   Thursday - January 30, 2014

Achmed No Read

“unrealistic” and “unattainable”

5 Years and $200 MILLION Later:

Gov’s Plan To Teach Afghan Soldiers To Read

At Same Level As 6 Year Old Kids

Is A FAILURE



The United States government has spent $200 million on a literacy program for the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) over the past five years but half the Afghan army still can’t read or write according to a new report.

“Literacy of the Afghan National Security Forces is of critical importance,” said John F. Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR). “We’ve spent $200 million on this —yet we don’t even know how many Afghan security forces are literate or how well the program worked. That’s deeply disturbing.”
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The goal of the program was to make 100 percent of the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) able to read at a first grade level and 50 percent literate at a third grade level by the time U.S. forces are due to withdraw from Afghanistan at the end of 2014. But officials told SIGAR that that attaining those goals with the Afghan army, which is set to grow to 352,000, may be “unrealistic” and unattainable.”

To be considered literate at a third grade level, an Afghan soldier must be able to read, write, and comprehend short paragraphs, use correct punctuation to aid meaning and understanding, add and subtract using six-digits numbers, and multiply and divide with three-digit numbers.

An Afghan soldier who can read at a first grade level is expected to read, write, pronounce, and identify letters, read and write short words, read and write one’s own name, and count up to 1,000.
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Without being able to read, it makes it difficult for soldiers to do all but the most basic tasks and to reach any level of professionalism, NATO and ISAF officials told the SIGAR investigators.

After this year, the Afghan government will take full control of the literacy program but that presents additional challenges. The Afghan Defense and Interior Ministries are not fulfilling their commitments to oversee the program.

As if this is a) actually believably unexpected news, and b) of the smallest importance.

Let’s face it ... we’re dealing with cave men here. Pretty much. Maybe a step or two up, but only because they have loads of stuff made elsewhere for them to use. Take away all the clothes and toys built in the real world, and they’d be just as happy chipping stones and wearing pelts. Again.

So ... the gov is admitting to dropping 200 LARGE here, which means the real cost is probably closer to half a billion. That’s my guess. Simply pissed away, trying to bring even this most basic veneer of civilization to these tribal barbarians.  FAIL.

Kipling was right.


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