photo of Abdulla Bin-Omar School
Abdullah Bin-Omar (or ABO) was established as a model school, one of the first of its kind in Afghanistan, by HTAC in a beautiful, but vastly underserved district (Paghman), about 30 miles West of Kabul, the capital, surrounded by foothills and impressive mountains peaks in the distance.
Before the school was built, children had their lessons outside; sometimes having to sit under a hot blazing sun in the Summer or braving the cold temperatures in the late Fall and early Winter. Yet, the students came because of their own thirst for knowledge and because their parents believed in an education (and a future) for their children.
Today, ABO has become a flagship model school, boasting 26 classrooms, 7 administrative rooms, a deep well for clean drinking water and 12 sanitary latrines. ABO also has a computer laboratory that can accommodate up to 14 students at a time. The Lab. is also used to provide computer application training for teachers and administrative staff.
Currently, 1,497 students (781 girls and 716 boys) attend classes in 2 shifts. The school employs 43 female and male teachers. HTAC supplements the standard (required) curriculum with such programs as: peace education, environmental education, and a unique bilingual literacy program called "Read Afghanistan", which is having a big impact on improving the literacy comprehension levels of many primary and middle school aged students. Each year, selected students participate in cultural exchange projects with American 'sister schools'.
For physical exercise, students participate in soccer, volleyball and a playground- built from private donations.