George And Amal Clooney Will Send 3,000 Syrian Children To School To Become Future Leaders

“They have been victims of geography and circumstance, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t hope."



This week, The Clooney Foundation For Justice (CFJ) announced a plan to enable seven public schools in Lebanon to open their doors to Syrian refugees.

The foundation, which was started by international human rights lawyer Amal Clooney and her husband George Clooney, says the project will get 3,000 kids going to school. In concert with their partners at UNICEF, the pair plan to provide them with transportation to and from school along with all the necessary supplies to attend. 

More than one million Syrian refugees are currently in Lebanon, and 200,000 of those refugees are children that aren't going to school.

"Many Syrian refugee children are sent out to work for as little as 2 dollars per day with no hope of learning to read and write," CFJ says on their website. "Many public schools in Lebanon have opened their doors to Syrian refugees, but more need to do so. CFJ is proud to help make this happen."

On their website, the CJF describes the kids missing out on school as a potentially "lost generation" that could become "a huge security threat in the region and beyond." In order to tackle the issue, CJF is partnering not just with UNICEF, but with Google, Hewlett Packard and a host of private donors to fund the schools. 

Along with the transportation and school supplies, they are also hoping to "pilot state-of-the-art technology tools geared toward advancing learning outcomes," according to the CJF website. The foundation did not immediately respond to a request to comment. 

"How can children become the workers and leaders of their countries someday if they have not had the education and support they need to reach their full potential?" asked UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake. "By supporting the work of UNICEF and our partners to deliver education to every child affected by the conflict in Syria, the Clooney Foundation for Justice is not only investing in the futures of individual children, it is investing in the future of the entire region.  

UNICEF said the partnership secured $2.25 million, including $1 million technology grant from HP and a notable donation from Google. 

"They have been victims of geography and circumstance, but that doesn't mean there isn't hope," George and Amal said in a statement 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."

Cover image via Shutterstock / magicinfoto.

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