In the News:

Partner helps students find path over gaps in their education (Mission Network News)

Lebanon – What do you do to help children who have missed years of education? One option is to help them jump over the gaps in their learning. Mission Network News recently shared a story featuring our Lebanese partner who uses language instruction to help under-educated refugees gain access to opportunities.

Local radio station hosts Tent Schools Executive Director (WCSG Radio – Grand Rapids, MI)

Grand Rapids – WCSG Radio host Tom Near hosted Executive Director Anne Hamming to share Tent Schools International’s mission with the station’s Western Michigan audience.

Roughly half of all refugees are children (Mission Network News)

Afghanistan – The U.S. and other countries have ended evacuation efforts in Afghanistan. Thousands fled the Taliban’s rule over the country.

Anne Hamming of Tent Schools International says up to half of these refugees may be “school-aged children from zero to 17. While they’re on the move, of course, they are missing school. And God willing, once they find a safe place (not under immediate threat, shelter from the elements, food, and access to basic medical care) their children are again likely not to have access to school.”

Education Decreases Vulnerability to Radicalization (Mission Network News)

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.

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.

Compassionate education heals traumatized children (Mission Network News)

Jordan – “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.

Other Links:

Middle East Refugee Crisis: Recommended Organizations by Mission Network News

Mission Network News’ Archives on Tent Schools International


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