The Clooney Foundation for Justice is a non-profit organization that George Clooney opened together with his wife, Amal Clooney. She has been building a reputed career as an international human rights lawyer. The latest philanthropic mission of the famous couple is focusing on one of the many issues Syrian refugees face when they leave their country which is education. Therefore, Clooney Foundation vouched to take care of their refugee children.
Around 3,000 Refugee Children in Lebanon Will Receive Access to Education
On Monday, the Clooney Foundation for Justice announced $2.25 million partnership with UNICEF. With their forces united, they are going to equip seven public schools in Lebanon with the necessary tools to receive almost 3,000 new students. All of them are children who fell victim to the large phenomenon of Syrian refugees. The war forced hundreds of thousands of people to leave their homes behind in order to survive.
This partnership has already received help from third parties as well. Google.org donated for this humanitarian cause while HP offered a $1 million technology grant. The program will also host a pilot of technology tools to streamline the academic background for refugee children and Lebanese students.
The famous couple issued a sensitive and empathic statement. To them, the only fault these children have is being unable to choose the historical period in which they are born. These kids had bad luck, but their destiny doesn’t necessarily have to take the same path as well.
“Thousands of young Syrian refugees are at risk—the risk of never being a productive part of society. Formal education can help change that.”
UNICEF believes that almost 200,000 Syrian children in Lebanon don’t have access to education. However, other reports found more concerning statistics. A United Nations report revealed that only 60% of Syrian children joined primary and lower secondary schools in 2016. By comparison, in 2009 there were only 6% of them who didn’t attend a formal educational program. In conclusion, around 900,000 Syrian refugee kids who are of school-age don’t enjoy access to school.
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