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Education Decreases Vulnerability to Radicalization 

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The Latest: NOV. 20, 2019 — Syria  – Since the beginning of November, reports of a new “mini-caliphate” forming in northeast Syria have trickled across media platforms. In the Al Hol holding camp, radicalization and the indoctrination of children occur. Children as young as ten threaten to kill others who do not submit to ISIS ideology on camera.

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Emily Klooster, executive director for Tent Schools International, says kids left uneducated are especially vulnerable to radicalization. The organizations and people partnered with Tent Schools do not reside in areas with previous ISIS control, but most work with kids whose lives were upended by ISIS’s reign.

 

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“The partners we work with always have it in mind that they are working with children who have been through an incomprehensible amount of pain,” said Emily Klooster, TSI’s Executive Director. “They employ those healing approaches to education with kids that [have experienced] trauma. They listen to their stories…and they allow the children to express themselves in various ways.” This expression is often accomplished through kids’ own story telling, through art, through physical education classes, and through other subjects that are important to their academic development. With these tactics, kids are able to deal with trauma, cope with it on a day to day basis, and heal.

 


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