At Global Village Project, we’ve built a unique and innovative school for refugee young women - a group of students whose education is being interrupted on a global scale.

There are more than 130 million young women around the world who are missing secondary school (UNESCO, 2016). Meanwhile, refugee children are roughly five times more likely to drop out of school than the global average (UNHCR, 2016). Our students' families don’t want to be representative of these alarming statistics, and have come to the U.S. eager for education for their daughters. When they arrive at GVP, our students have missed 3 years of school on average. They have an enormous amount of ground to cover to achieve high school graduation, much less college and careers. That’s where GVP’s unique educational model comes in.

Our academic program is

specialized, strengths-based, and focused on the whole student because we know that every young woman who comes to our school has unique abilities and experiences to add to her learning community. The goal of our curriculum is to equip these refugee newcomers with the academic and social skills they need to succeed in high school and beyond.

Each year, GVP enrolls 40-50 young women in our academic program, with an additional and growing group of 99 alumnae and students being served by our mentoring program. Students come from more than 12 different countries, including Congo, Rwanda, Afghanistan, Burma and Syria, and collectively speak more than 16 languages. Our students range in age from 11 to 18 and enter GVP with academic skills between a kindergarten and first-grade level.

Explore the pages below to learn more about our challenge, our approach, and our impact.

OUR CHALLENGE

Globally, many girls and refugees are not receiving the education they deserve. And even when they arrive in Georgia, the public school system is under-resourced to meet the needs of these newcomers. READ MORE >

OUR APPROACH

An intensive English language and literacy program is the core of our academic program, and a STEAM framework informs our curriculum. Social & emotional learning and mentoring programs help round out our holistic model of education. READ MORE >

OUR IMPACT

By providing an intensive and holistic education that draws upon students’ experiences, resources, and strengths, we prepare refugee girls to meet the challenges of resettlement and empower them to pursue the dreams open to their families in this new home. READ MORE >