Despite increased school enrollments throughout Afghanistan, many children are forced to 'attend school' in non-existent or run-down facilities, with inconsistent or no power, read antiquated books from thirty years ago, and receive instruction from teachers who have never completed high school. Afghanistan's educational infrastructure remains so poor that only a tiny fraction of these deserving children will likely receive the education they need in order to gain the knowledge and skills to become productive citizens and help transform their country.
In 2011, HTAC is providing a quality educational experience to approximately 12,000 Afghan girls and boys who are enrolled in 9 of our model schools, located in three different provinces of the country. As one of the first non-profit organizations to successfully implement the model school concept into Afghanistan, HTAC is putting a premium on establishing and supporting centers of learning that make it possible for Afghan children to thrive and succeed.
Abdullah Bin-Omar Middle School in the District of Paghman, thirty miles West of Kabul, is an example of how quality schools are making a difference for Afghan children. Initially established as a primary school, Abdullah Bin-Omar is a well-constructed facility with 26 classrooms, a well stocked school library, and a fully-functional computer laboratory. Generators provide consistent power for electricity and to keep classrooms cool during the hot summer months. A deep well provides portable water and there are 12 well-maintained sanitary latrines. An average of 1,400 students attend the school and classes are taught by 37 well-trained instructors.
Supporting schools like Abdullah Bin-Omar are crucial in grooming Afghanistan's newest generation of future citizens and leaders.