Actor George Clooney and his lawyer wife Amal Clooney will help nearly 3,000 Syrian refugees in Lebanon go to school as hundreds of thousands of them are out of an education as a result in the war raging in their country.
The Clooney Foundation for Justice is planning to help seven public schools provide education to Syrian refugee children. This is part of a new $2.25 million partnership announced on Monday with Google, HP and UNICEF to help thousands of refugees in Lebanon.
More than one million Syrians — including over 500,000 children — are registered as refugees in Lebanon after fleeing the devastating war that has lasted more than six years in neighboring Syria.
The United Nations says around 200,000 Syrian refugee children are out of education. Human Rights Watch estimates the number at more than 250,000.
“They have been victims of geography and circumstance, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t hope,” the Clooneys wrote in a statement provided to The Associated Press. “Our goal with this initiative is to help provide Syrian refugee children with an education and put them on a path to be the future leaders their generation desperately needs.”
“Thousands of young Syrian refugees are at risk — the risk of never being a productive part of society. Formal education can help change that,” the couple added.
“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,” they stated.
George and Amal Clooney, who is British-Lebanese, established the Clooney Foundation for Justice last year to support equity in courtrooms, classrooms and communities around the world.