Who is a refugee?
A refugee is someone who has been forced to flee his or her country because of persecution, war, or violence.
- Refugee children are 5x more likely to be out of school.
- 51% of refugees are school-aged children under the age of 18.
- Only 22% of refugee adolescents access secondary education.
- Only 1% percent of refugees access post-secondary education.
Worldwide, there are 260 million girls out of school. Displacement and conflict across the globe dramatically reduce opportunities for girls to go to school. In areas of conflict, girls and women are the first to miss out on education; these girls are 90% more likely to be out of secondary school than those living in areas without conflict.
Clarkston, Georgia was named the most diverse square mile in the United States by TIME magazine. It is home to refugees from over 40 different countries and is the center of refugee resettlement in Georgia.
While many area schools have risen to the challenge of supporting newcomer refugee students, there is a clear educational gap for programs that serve adolescent and teenage girls who come to their new community with little or no formal education.
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Of the Students Served at GVP
• are newcomer refugees and English Language Learners
• have interrupted or little formal education
• qualify for Title I services and free lunch
• have parents that believe their daughter’s education and future matters
At GVP, we take on the challenge of educating newcomer refugee girls with limited or interrupted formal
education and preparing them for high school and beyond. This challenge includes understanding what it means for them, and their families, to be in a new country, a new community, and a new school environment.
Every refugee girl brings to our school unique skills and experiences and a deep desire to learn. In a caring environment, each student finds a space to grow into an empowered and confident young woman, and reach for her dreams.