RESPECT helps City Life fight the "national drop-out crisis" in the USA
While more than one million American students will drop out of high school this year, according to City Year (a US non-profit organization that is focused on keeping students in school), among refugees in the East and Horn of Africa, only 10 per cent of girls and 19 per cent of boys aged 12 to 17 will have the opportunity to attend school (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees [UNHCR] Statistical Yearbook 2010).
There are many reasons why school enrollments are so low for refugee teens including limited or difficult access to schools, unsafe learning environments, financial constraints and crisis situations, where education comes second to supporting the needs of the family, states the UNHCR Statistical Yearbook.
But why is it that so many American children don't graduate? The reasons, too, are many. City Year identifies students in under-performing schools across the country who are at risk of dropping out and is working with them to put a dent in the statistics. City Life