Luma Mufleh

“We have seen advances in every aspect of our lives — except our humanity.” – Luma Mufleh

Luma Mufleh, the founder of Fugees Family, has pioneered refugee and immigrant education in the U.S., with schools and partnerships in Georgia, Kentucky and Ohio, expanding nationwide. Her TED Talk on educational justice for refugee families garnered over 1.7 million views. As a Syrian/Jordanian entrepreneur and coach, and the daughter of Syrian refugees, Luma’s unique background shapes her leadership in English Language Learner education. Her journey from Jordan to the U.S., overcoming personal and systemic challenges, led to founding Fugees Family, the only U.S. school network dedicated to refugee education. Luma’s work empowers refugee children to voice their stories, advocating resilience and creativity.


One Woman’s Fight for Educational Justice for Refugee Children

A visionary leader’s powerful personal story and a blueprint for change that will inspire schools and communities across America.

For readers of Malala, Paul Tough, and Bryan Stevenson, Learning America is the moving and insight-packed story of how Luma Mufleh grew a soccer team into a nationally acclaimed network of schools—by homing in laserlike on what traumatized students need in order to learn. Fugees accepts only those most in need: students recruit other students, and all share a background of war, poverty, and trauma. No student passes a grade without earning it; the failure of any student is the responsibility of all. Most foundational, everyone takes art and music and everyone plays soccer, areas where students make the leaps that can and must happen—as this gifted refugee activist convinces—even for America’s most left-behind.

Check out the reviews of Learning America on Publisher’s Weekly and Kirkus Reviews.

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