Pelissero is head of school at Global Village Project
11/1/2013, 6 a.m.
Amy Pelissero is the new head of school at the Decatur-based Global Village Project Inc., which serves female refugee students with an accredited, independent, privately funded school.
Pelissero said the project, which began in 2009, is off to a great fifth year of providing a quality education.
An average of 2,208 refugees have been resettled per year in Georgia since 1981, and DeKalb County, primarily Clarkston, receives the greatest number of resettled refugees in the state,
Studies show that refugee learners often fail in public schools and on standardized tests. Pelissero said that they drop out of high school in high numbers, are underemployed, and live in poverty.
“Many refugee learners have had limited exposure to print literacy and have experienced interruptions and gaps in their formal education,” she said.
“Since Georgia has one of the largest refugee settlement communities in the country, you might be proud to learn that the Global Village Project has accepted the challenge and believes the rewards far outweigh the risks.”
Pelissero, who is completing her Ph.D. dissertation on the subject of refugee women’s literacy and education, has extensive expertise in the field of language and literacy, years of experience teaching middle school students, and spent many years working as a refugee family literacy volunteer in Clarkston.
Students attend the school free of charge and get transportation and lunch through a community of supporters. The school is seeking volunteers and donations to educate refugee girls and help them develop the life skills needed to become productive citizens.
For more information, visit www.globalvillageproject.org.