Omar Qargha, Managing Partner
Mr. Omar Qargha has worked in Afghanistan since June 2001. Before joining AHG, Mr. Qargha successfully led the Indiana University team between 2007 and 2010 to develop national standards for teacher education universities for Afghanistan’s Ministry of Higher Education. During this same period he developed and implemented an innovative two-year science and math-training program for all the science and math professors in these 18 universities to increase their content knowledge, help them make these subjects relevant to their students, and increase laboratory activities. Mr. Qargha led the JBS International team between 2006 and 2007 to develop a national teacher competency and credentialing system for Afghanistan’s Ministry of Education.
Mr. Qargha also served as Assistant Director for Help the Afghan Children, a grass-roots organization, from 2001 to 2006. During this time he managed school construction, developed training curriculum, and expanded the organization’s programs. Prior to his work in Afghanistan, Omar taught high school sciences in Florida.
Mr. Qargha holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from University of North Florida, a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from George Mason University, and a Master of Arts in International Comparative Education from Stanford University’s School of Education. Mr. Qargha is completing his doctoral degree in International Comparative Education at University of Maryland in College Park.
Mr. Qargha has led large program evaluation programs, including an impact evaluation of seven large project in Afghanistan funded by the United States White House. He has carried out extensive qualitative and quantitative research, published academic papers, and has presented in numerous international conferences on the topics of Afghanistan, research, and education. Mr. Qargha is fluent in English and Dari.