I've just been introduced to the school, and after met all of the girls I felt compelled to contribute information that another volunteer, Caroline Grimes, has written: "The Global Village School educates young female refugees from countries such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Burma, Somalia, Sudan, and the Congo.These girls, aged 12-20, have all landed in Atlanta from various war-torn countries. Many come from countries where females are held in low regard and are not provided even the most basic rights or education.
All of these girls are victims of the violence of war; some have seen
close family members brutally killed and have difficult memories to
contend with, along with the adjustment to life in a very different
society. Some have spent many years in refugee camps with poor
surroundings and primitive education. The people running The Global
Village School are committed to helping these young women find peace within themselves and the skills and confidence needed to integrate into society. All students must learn English, as well as being
brought up to an appropriate level of education for their ages.
Educational backgrounds are widely variant and unrelated to their age.
The Staff of teachers is highly qualified and committed to providing
the substantive education needed, and the co-curricular portions of
the school help the girls balance their social and emotional growth
with the educational growth."