Research done by the UN in impoverished communities with socio-economic statistics comparable to Pine Ridge has proven a direct relationship between girls' education and economic development. Furthermore, experts across sectors have argued that educating girls is the surest path to smaller, healthier and better-educated families. See the Girls' Education Fact Sheet compiled by UNESCO in 2013 for more information.
Pine Ridge Context
The reasoning behind an all- girls model resonates from research and even a fundamental native belief that within a single-sex atmosphere, learning dynamics shift. For example, prior to decades of government intervention, removal, and relocation policies, boys were primarily raised and taught by their fathers, uncles, and grandfathers—while girls remained along the side of their mothers, aunts, and grandmothers. Boys and girls were raised separately as their behavior, conduct, relations, and basic survival skills were molded appropriately. Today, the all-girls model will serve the girls of Pine Ridge as both an innovative and traditional way to educate them, prepare them for college, and encourage them to become ambassadors of their community.
The Girls’ School Advantage
Alumnae of all-girls schools often report the benefits of not being able to “hide” in their school. An all-girls environment allows the student to become comfortable with herself from the inside out, and that confidence feeds her self-worth and identity as a student capable of anything. Rather than remaining victims of circumstance many all-girls models are built around the mission of empowerment; and nearly 80% of graduates from girls’ school hold leadership positions after high school. For more statistics and information around what girls' schools do best, refer to the National Coalition of Girls Schools website (Case for Girls' Schools).
We believe this is also true for the future female leaders of Pine Ridge.