A Singular Education

Global Village Project is the only school in the country dedicated to educating refugee girls who have had their education interrupted.
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Each and every girl we educate has the potential to not only change her life and that of her family’s, but also her community and even the world. Your gift helps us prepare our students to be undaunted, and allows us to pioneer an innovative model of refugee education to share with educators globally. DONATE NOW >

Merging Many Worlds

Our 45 students come from 1 of 12 African or Asian countries and collectively speak 15 languages—from French to Kinyarwanda and Kirundi to Matu Chin. APPLY FOR ADMISSION >

Arts are integral to teaching and learning at GVP providing students with ongoing experiences that give them tools to express themselves and learn that creative pursuits are a part of innovative thinking. Music, performing, and visual arts act as a means for students to display their strengths, knowledge and identities. Now, with a recent grant from a generous partner, GVP will substantially enhance its STEAM offering over the next two years.

STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) is an interdisciplinary and integrated approach to 21st century teaching and learning that emphasizes creativity, communication, and collaboration.
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Students served by Global Village Project since 2009

When a student arrives at GVP:

  • she is 13 years old (on average)
  • she speaks 2–3 languages
  • she comes from 1 of 12 African or Asian countries
  • she has missed an average of 3 years of school (and up to 6)
  • she has been in the US for less than 3 years

A GLOBAL VILLAGE PROJECT UPDATE

GVP Welcomes Elizabeth Elango Bintliff, new CEO and Head of School

Read our August 2020 Press Release

A Special Message from Head of School Elizabeth Bintliff

Dear GVP Friends and Community Members,

Memories of my boarding school in the Central African country of Cameroon are flooding back to me this week as I start a new chapter as CEO and Head of School at Global Village Project (GVP). I was ten years old, and the all-girls boarding school was about six hours away from the city where I grew up. It was a long way. I remember the anxious excitement of that adventure: of leaving home to pursue my education, of joining the sisterhood of an all-girls school, and of the eagerness to learn in this new environment. At the age of 16, I moved again, this time to the U.S. to attend college at Kennesaw State University. I can still recall my wide-eyed amazement at being in a school that had air-conditioning, computers, “facilities” – more amenities than I’d ever seen. Surely, these meant I had no choice but to succeed!

The experience of joining GVP is not dissimilar to that of starting school all those many years ago. That feeling of nervous exhilaration from my days as a schoolgirl is still fresh in my memory, even after 20 years of professional experience leading global organizations. Beginning a new leadership position gives me pause to reflect on what is critical for the future. How can I help these children succeed? What from my past will be valuable to share with them? How can I make this school and mentoring program even more effective? Every good leader should ask such questions of themself when embarking on a new opportunity. I trust that the answers will come in time.

What spurs me forward today is what piqued my interest when I first realized that GVP was searching for a new Head of School: the opportunity to work with girls in education. It encompasses so much of who I am, who I want to be and what I am passionate about. In the past five years, as CEO of Junior Achievement Africa, I had the opportunity to work with young people from across Africa and mentor many in other parts of the world, from New York to Riyadh. As I learned more about Global Village Project, I was hooked. On the website, in the faces of the students, I could see that same eager anticipation that I once had (and still have). My life’s journey has been bringing me to GVP’s mission of using a strengths-based approach to develop a strong educational foundation for each student within a caring community. I had to become a part of this family!

There are so many people that make up the GVP community: teachers, staff, volunteers, board of directors, advisory board, alumni council and funding-partners. I’m looking forward to meeting you and to working together to support the success of our students and alumni. It is strange to start a job in a pandemic – without having physically met the people I’ll be working with. Already, I feel welcomed. I feel like I belong, and I’m grateful to be able to use that sense of belonging as fuel to get me started. It will sustain me as I work to lead the school into its next phase of growth and impact.

With excitement and gratitude,

Elizabeth Elango Bintliff
CEO and Head of School

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Elizabeth’s first week with GVP has been a huge success! She spent the week getting to know the team and learning more about the school’s operations, and even sat in on music class with Ms. Elise!

Reflecting on her experience in virtual music class on Wednesday, Elizabeth writes, “GVP’s model is anchored in an interdisciplinary and integrated approach emphasizing creativity, critical thinking, communication and collaboration. For students like ours, who have experienced loss and displacement, interrupted or limited education, and who are learning everything in a new language, arts-based education offers a “no wrong answer” way of learning.

The students sang a few songs to welcome me, and among them was the school’s song: “We come from many countries, we work for a better world. We learn, we play, we study, we’re the Global Village girls. We work for a world that’s peaceful; a world that’s never cruel.”

Don’t we all dream of that world?!”

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Educational equity is built on communities rooted in love, trust, and accountability - not punishment. Read more about trauma-informed and restorative practices at GVP!

To invest in our vision for equity and holistic education for refugee learners, consider becoming a Sustaining Member today at bit.ly/GVPSustainers!
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We are beyond thrilled to welcome GVP's new CEO and Head of School Elizabeth Elango Bintliff!

Before coming to GVP, Elizabeth served as the CEO of Junior Achievement Africa for five years, where she transformed the organization’s ability to impact youth programs, developed sustainable funding models and expanded its reach into additional countries from Ghana headquarters. Previously
she ran the largest division of Africa programming for 15 years at Heifer International as Vice President. Originally from Cameroon, Elizabeth holds a Master of Arts in African Studies from Yale University and Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Affairs from Kennesaw State University.

Having officially joined the GVP team today, Elizabeth writes, "What spurs me forward today is what piqued my interest when I first realized that GVP was searching for a new Head of School: the opportunity to work with girls in education. It encompasses so much of who I am, who I want to be and what I am passionate about."

We are so excited and grateful to welcome Elizabeth to our special GVP community! In case you missed it, read Board Chair Ginger Schmeltzer's letter to the community regarding Elizabeth's transition here: globalvillageproject.org/gvp-welcomes-elizabeth-elango-bintliff-next-head-of-school/

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GA TAX CREDIT PROGRAM TIP #3: All Georgia state taxpayers are eligible to participate! Redirect some of the money you pay in state taxes to scholarships for Global Village Project students by pledging today at Apogee123.org! ... See MoreSee Less

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CONGRATULATIONS to GVP Alumna Nasteho Ibrahim, who graduated from Druid Hills High School in May! In recognition of her extraordinary leadership potential, Nasteho was named a recipient of the prestigious Posse Scholarship and is now a student at George Washington University! ... See MoreSee Less

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WELCOME Ms. Jasmine Verreen!! Following beloved Amy Pun's departure, Jasmine has stepped into her new role this year as GVP's Newcomer Teacher and is rocking it. With teaching experience that spans the globe and no shortage of daring, Jasmine is taking on the challenges that teaching during COVID entails one day at a time. We're so lucky to have you, Jasmine!

Read more about Jasmine's journey here: globalvillageproject.org/jasmine-verreen-newcomer-teacher-jumps-into-new-role-at-gvp/

Photo from left to right: Dr. Cassie Leymarie, Katelynn Villari, and Jasmine Verreen
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Calling all business owners in Georgia! Did you know that through the Georgia Tax Credit Program, you can fund scholarships for GVP students with money you would otherwise be paying in state taxes? Learn more and pledge today at Apogee123.org! ... See MoreSee Less

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#Throwback to summer Family Support at GVP and the first week of school!! Get a glimpse into food and supply deliveries at GVP by watching the 2-minute video below 🍎🧅📚

GVP has now transitioned back to being fully online, and we are delivering food, supplies, and learning materials to students and families twice a week, every week!
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CONGRATULATIONS to GVP Alumna Asma Ibrahim, who graduated from Druid Hills High School in May! Asma will attend Atlanta Metropolitan State College this fall and hopes to eventually work in the airline industry - possibly as a flight attendant! 🎉✈️ ... See MoreSee Less

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