Amal and George Clooney are sending 3,000 Syrian refugees to school in Lebanon


george clooney and amal in white in veniceGeorge and Amal Clooney soon will help send thousands of Syrian refugees to school.

The couple’s organization, the Clooney Foundation for Justice, is partnering with UNICEF and Google to devote $2.25 million toward seven public schools in Lebanon. Computer giant HP is throwing in an additional $1 million technology grant.

The foundation isn’t opening any new schools. Instead, the money will go toward extending the hours so refugee children can attend classes in the afternoon. Registration starts in September.

Public schools in Lebanon that teach Syrian refugees operate on a two-shift system, UNICEF spokeswoman Lauren Davitt told CNN. Lebanese students go to school in the morning during the first shift, and a second shift in the afternoon opens up for refugee children. This allows schools with limited physical space to double their capacity.

Support from the foundation will cover the costs for 3,000 Syrian children to attend school, including registration fees, teacher salaries for the second shift and textbooks, Davitt said.

“Thousands of young Syrian refugees are at risk — the risk of never being a productive part of society,” the Clooneys said in a Monday news release. “Formal education can help change that. That’s our goal with this initiative. We don’t want to lose an entire generation because they had the bad luck of being born in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

There are more than 5 million Syrian refugees worldwide, with over 1 million in Lebanon, according to UNHCR. About 200,000 Syrian refugee children in Lebanon do not go to school.

George Clooney and Amal Clooney, an international human rights lawyer, launched the Clooney Foundation for Justice in 2016. The organization aims to “advance justice in courtrooms, communities and classrooms around the world,” according to its website.



4 responses to “Amal and George Clooney are sending 3,000 Syrian refugees to school in Lebanon”

  1. Hannibal Avatar

    Can you send them to school back in Syria?

  2. Danny Farah Avatar
    Danny Farah

    Well thank you both for you generosity. But there are many Lebanese who are unemployed and their kids are not going to school because they can’t afford it. so since the Syrian are living for free in Lebanon can you please help us out here. what’s wrong with Amal really? they help Palestinians and other arab nationals but not Lebanese.
    But I still appreciate your help and next thing you know though that the Syrian students advancing in their classes against Lebanese since they will be getting better education. That’s ok i still love you Amal..

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