Author: Mandy Otis

Mandy writes for The Borgen Project from Lexington, KY. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Georgetown College (KY) and a Master of Arts in International Relations from The Patterson School at the University of Kentucky. Mandy has worked for a congressman as well as in the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security. Mandy is also a parenting blogger and mom of two boys. Her dream is to travel the world.

SEATTLE — Refugee children are missing out on education and the option to build a positive future. The Problem There are 16.1 million refugees worldwide and half are children. Six million are primary and secondary school age. Only 50 percent of refugee children (3.7 million) have access to school, compared to 90 percent around the world. A refugee is displaced for an average of 20 years which means the longer a child stays out of school, the wider the gap becomes with the rest of the world. This culminates with only one percent of refugees attending university compared to 34…

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SEATTLE — There are many misconceptions about refugees in the United States of America. The U.S. has welcomed 3 million refugees since 1975. In 2016, the majority of refugees are from Burma (8,112), Democratic Republic of Congo (6,350) and Somalia (5,780). The United States has welcomed refugees from seven countries so far this year and has resettled 2,805 Syrians since the crisis began in 2011. Refugees in the United States of America are handled by the Office of Refugee Resettlement, which is housed under the Department of Health and Human Services. In the fiscal year 2015, the Office of Refugee Resettlement has…

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SEATTLE — The United Nations Sustainable Development Goal sets the standard for education in China: equitable quality education for all by 2030. Education in China is rigorous, touting explosive test scores and superior global skills in math and science. Teacher training is a national priority, and all teachers are educated to deliver basic skills across all levels. According to UNESCO Education for All Global Monitoring Report, 250 million primary school-aged children across the globe are not learning basic skills even though 91 percent are attending school. Fifty-seven million remain out of school, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa. China has mastered basic skills attainment among…

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