George and Amal Clooney To Put Nearly 3,000 Refugee Children Through School


George and Amal Clooney have announced they will help 3,000 Syrian children go to school in Lebanon.

The Clooney Foundation for Justice has partnered with UNICEF, Google and HP to help kids struggling to get educated in Lebanon.

It’s estimated that around 200,000 children who fled Syria during its bitter civil war aren’t going to school.

George and Amal have released a statement saying: “Thousands of young Syrian refugees are at risk – the risk of never being a productive part of society. 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.”

Syrian children being taught at a school in Lebanon

The combined $3.25 million (£2.46 million) investment will also go towards transportation, school supplies, computers, content, curriculum and teacher training, according to The Independent.

Lebanon’s Education Minister Marwan Hamade says the country is ‘grateful’ for the contribution: “We are delighted the Clooney Foundation has decided to support our efforts to open the doors of more public schools to ensure we can offer every child currently living in Lebanon a free education.

“We are also looking forward to collaborating with the Clooney Foundation and its partners on advancing innovative technology in all our classrooms. Each child given access to education, and new ways of learning, represents a life changed for the better.

“Today’s grant from the Clooney Foundation for Justice is therefore a crucial investment in future generations in Lebanon.”

George and Amal Clooney

More than a million Syrian refugees have fled the country since war broke out between the government and rebels in 2011.

A statement from UNICEF added: “Their lives have been shaped by violence, displacement and lack of opportunity, and many have never been enrolled in formal education. Without access to learning and a return to a sense of normalcy, these children are at risk of becoming a lost generation.”

The Clooneys are currently suing a French magazine for publishing photos of their two children, Ella and Alexander, in Italy. The actor says: “Over the last week photographers from Voici magazine scaled our fence, climbed our tree and illegally took pictures of our infants inside our home.

“Make no mistake, the photographers, the agency and the magazine will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. The safety of our children demands it.”

The magazine claims that the photos were in the public interest because people have been following his life for many years.

Source: The Independent

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