Challenges for GED attainment: A case study on school dropout Bhutanese refugee youths

Title: Challenges for GED attainment: A case study on school dropout Bhutanese refugee youths

Author: Mishra, Lalit

Date: May 2013

Description: Master’s Paper, Clark University, Department of International Development, Community and Environment

Through quantitative and qualitative analysis, this paper explores the factors that prevent Bhutanese refugee youth (18 to 25 years old) in Worcester, Massachusetts from obtaining the General Educational Development (GED) certification. Its findings indicate that refugees’ educational background, a new environment, and the responsibility and accountability of the service providers present major challenges to attaining a GED. The author concludes that an inappropriate resettlement policy with a focus on economic self-sufficiency without consideration of socio-cultural status discourages Bhutanese refugee youth from obtaining a GED certificate.

Keywords: youth, Bhutanese, education

Cataloged by: Peter Nelson/ B. J. Perkins

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