In the late 1970’s, the Pakistani expat community in the United Arab Emirates was slowly but steadily growing as the UAE itself was getting ready to undertake what would come to be known as one of the most impressive national development initiatives in history. With the discovery of oil, the UAE was investing heavily in itself, and the economy was booming. The influx of expats coming from Pakistan seeking jobs and a better life skyrocketed, and it soon became apparent that as these expats came, they would need a place to educate their children. At the time, there were no options for Pakistani expatriates to enroll their children in quality Islamic education under the Pakistan National Curriculum, and schools that did exist were very costly. Many of the expat children were unable to attend school as a result or were forced to enter the workforce in stead of a classroom.
Thus, Omar Bin Al Khattab Pakistan Islamia School was born, first opening its doors in 1980 in Ajman with only a few classrooms and limited resources. The school opened with the commitment to help educate the underprivileged: anyone coming through their doors seeking a better life and better opportunities for their children that they would not be otherwise able to give or afford.
The demand for schooling quickly grew, with much of the student body represented by families fleeing war, poverty, and oppression. The community rallied around OBK School, allowing for growth, expansion, and better resources through donations and charity pledges.
Today, OBK School serves over 700 students, more than half of who are educated through charity grants from the UAE government, the rest through private donations. As a non-profit organization, and an Islamic school with strong values and ideals, OBK has made a pledge to the community to help every child in need. We believe that education is a right, not a privilege. By the grace of God, the love of the community, and the support of the UAE government, Omar Bin Al Khattab Pakistan Islamia School continues to uphold its mission of providing quality education with sound Islamic values to all those who need their help.
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