Clooneys plan to help 3,000 Syr­ian chil­dren in Le­banon

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

Ge­orge and Amal Clooney plan to help nearly 3,000 Syr­ian refugee chil­dren go to school this year in Le­banon, where the United Na­tions says around 200,000 Syr­ian refugee chil­dren are out of ed­u­ca­tion. 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.

UNICEF said Mon­day that close to 200,000 Syr­ian refugee chil­dren in Le­banon are out of school. Hu­man Rights Watch es­ti­mates the num­ber at more than 250,000. The nearly 3,000 Syr­ian chil­dren’s ed­u­ca­tion will be funded through a $2.25 mil­lion part­ner­ship an­nounced by The Clooney Foun­da­tion for Jus­tice with Google, in ad­di­tion to a $1 mil­lion tech­nol­ogy grant from HP.

The part­ner­ship with UNICEF will help seven pub­lic schools ed­u­cate the stu­dents, who are not cur­rently in school, and will sup­port a pi­lot of tech­nol­ogy tools in these schools for refugee and Le­banese chil­dren, the Clooneys said. “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 said in a state­ment. “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 added.

More than 330,000 peo­ple have been killed in Syria since war broke out in March 2011 with anti-gov­ern­ment protests that have evolved into a com­plex proxy war. The Clooneys wel­comed their first chil­dren-a twin boy and girl-in Bri­tain last month. Amal Clooney, a prom­i­nent Bri­tish-Le­banese hu­man rights lawyer, mar­ried her Hol­ly­wood movie star hus­band in 2014. —AFP

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