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FEBRUARY 27, 2018 – Internet safety for refugee families (Mission Network News) – “The internet’s use has grown phenomenally and has become an integral part of how we learn and advance technology. Through their Laptops for Educational Access Program (LEAP), Tent Schools International is providing laptops for refugee families that have come to the US so they can do just that.”

JANUARY 24, 2018 – Responding to the global refugee crisis in 2018 (Mission Network News) – “Meeting the needs of refugees and displaced persons worldwide seem to be impossible. However, Tent Schools International’s Dale Dieleman is researching refugee trends to better strategize what can be done for these marginalized people ‘so we are not blindsided by developments and that we can help to prepare those that we serve.'”

JANUARY 9, 2018 – PTSD: a refugee child’s learning block (Mission Network News) – “‘Beyond PTSD’, which was released last year, was written by occupational therapist, Jessica Roost. The book is designed to guide educators worldwide in how they can help children continue learning despite the traumatic events of the past.”

DECEMBER 29, 2017 – Education is crucial and scarce for refugee kids (Mission Network News) – “In 2017, children have been increasingly used as weapons of war. According to The Guardian, kids have been forced into being suicide bombers, they’ve been used as human shields, and they’re targets for extremist recruitment. Meanwhile, nearly 30 million children in these conflict zones have been kept from pursuing their education.”

DECEMBER 26, 2017 – Study shows refugees have wealth of education and job skills (Mission Network News) – “The refugee crisis has been so discussed, so dissected, and so politicized that the real subject behind the issue is often forgotten. More specifically, we have forgotten that refugees are more than just victims of war and violence.”

OCTOBER 5, 2017 – Tent Schools offers hope to children in the Middle East (Mission Network News) – “For children who have experienced violence and lost everything, finding a sense of stability and consistency is vital. And though many organizations and ministries have tried to provide that over the years, lack of funding and resources often stops them short.”

AUGUST 21, 2017 – Update on tent school for refugee kids in Lebanon (Mission Network News) – “One year later, Dale Dieleman of Tent Schools International says, even after pressure from within the camp, the school is thriving.”

JULY 17, 2017 – Lebanese schools trying to unite refugees with local children (Mission Network News) – “What happens when one out of every five people in your country is a refugee?”

JUNE 28, 2017 – Laptops assist refugees on quest for better future (Mission Network News) – “Tent Schools works with refugee agencies to provide students in the U.S. with personal computers to help them fulfill their academic goals.”

APRIL 26, 2017 – Fighting terrorism…with computer lab job training? (Mission Network News) – “These job-training computer labs provide marketable job skills, something that gives young people a vision for their future and a sense of direction. Because they won’t be refugees forever.”

MARCH 20, 2017 – Report: self-harm on the rise in refugee camps (Mission Network News) – “Education minus hope is not enough.”

MARCH 17, 2017 – Radicalization thrives among bleak futures (Mission Network News) – “When the camera switches to a young, adult male, what is the first thing that comes to people’s mind? Is it, ‘He could be a terrorist?’ I think a lot of people go there quickly in their minds.” I

FEBRUARY 15, 2017 – Behind the rhetoric: an opportunity for growth (Mission Network News) – “How can we help communities and individuals look over the issues, and also come to some conclusions on their own, without necessarily being influenced by political parties, friends, family or whatever, but looking at it logically from an educational perspective?”

DECEMBER 27, 2016 – Giving displaced children hope through education (Mission Network News) – “‘We have to have within ourselves an examination of our own hearts,’ Dieleman says. ‘These are human beings. These are people who are reflections of the image of God. These are people who deserve dignity. They deserve the human rights that the United Nations through various international laws have placed on everyone…including education for all children.'”

NOVEMBER 28, 2016 – Tent school educators equipped for children with PTSD (Mission Network News) – “Sometimes those ‘naughty’ or inattentive students have a lot more going on than just a problem with obedience.”

NOVEMBER 17, 2016 – Tent Schools Trying to Bridge the Gap (

NOVEMBER 16, 2016 – Life outside the refugee camp: a message to kids (Mission Network News) – “In the blink of an eye, these uneducated generations will be the leaders of their countries and have to rebuild. Tent Schools wants to bridge that gap.”

SEPTEMBER 22, 2016 – United Nations: refugees, rescue, reality (Mission Network News) – “There’s a whole generation of primary-aged children who have not been in any sense of ‘normal school’ settings. That’s a whole cycle. And what about secondary education for them and for their older siblings?”

JULY 26, 2016 – Extremist recruiters target refugee kids out of school (Mission Network News) – “The longer that kids are in camps, the more likely…[it] is for them to be recruited by militant groups. But the evidence has also shown that giving children an opportunity to have some hope by having a place to go, an education, and also some skill training significantly reduces these chances of children being radicalized.”

JUNE 27, 2016 – Refugee children; an untold story? (Mission Network News) – “Imagine you’ve had to leave your home and all your belongings behind to escape a brutally murderous organization that claims to believe in the same god you did. Now you’re living in chaos and poverty, trying to survive in a foreign country and living out of a tent.”

Refugees in tent schools learn about Jesus (Vision Christian Radio – Australia) – “Refugees in the Middle East are finding new opportunities to continue their education through tent schools in refugee camps.”

APRIL 18, 2016 – Burundi refugees become a priority (Mission Network News) – “Larger numbers [of people] now are fleeing Burundi into Tanzania, Kenya and some others…Uganda, as well.”

FEBRUARY 2, 2016 – Tent schools bring education to the refugee (Mission Network News) – “This is a population group that we think we can work with…Christian groups that are trying to do two things: number one, restore that educational process wherever a child has left off. Secondly, restore hope through the Gospel.” (Also covered by CrossMap)

FEBRUARY 1, 2016 radio interview (Mission Network News) – VP Dale Dieleman talks about they why and how of bringing education to the refugee

NOVEMBER 18, 2015 – Worldwide Christian Schools Changes its Name (Christian Reformed Church of North America) – “We have always focused on the educational needs of children in the ‘marginalized’ communities around the world, but we wanted to strategically identify a segment of the most marginalized children with whom to focus our resources for greater impact.”

NOVEMBER 16, 2015 – New shape on Welsh hillside could shake up camping industry (Wales Online) – A Welsh Kickstarter campaign may fuel tent schools in refugee camps: “Now the company has been approached by Tent Schools International and is collaborating with them to try to find a way to send Mollusc tents to the Middle East as mobile classrooms for refugee children.”

APRIL 9, 2015 – Refugee camps waiting with open arms (Mission Network News) – “Parents in the camps welcomed the team openly and asked them to establish more schools.”

APRIL 8, 2015 – Education help needed (Mission Network News) – “Worldwide Christian Schools is re-doubling their efforts to help Christ-centered schools in terrorized nations like Nigeria.”

DECEMBER 11, 2014 – A school for Roma children (Mission Network News) – “Their children, if allowed in school, are often placed in ‘Special Ed’ classrooms, assumed to be less able to learn. Their ‘disability’ is simply being born Roma.”



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