Clooneys pay for schooling for 3,000 Syrian refugee children


As many as 500,000 children from Syria are living in Lebanon, and an estimated 200,000 of them have no access to education, according to the United Nations.

George Clooney and his wife, Amal, announced Monday that they will help sponsor educations for up to 3,000 Syrian children living as refugees in Lebanon. The couple's jointly run Clooney Foundation for Justice will team up with Google and HP Inc. to pay $3.25 million to help UNICEF and the Lebanese Ministry of Education open seven new "second shift" schools that will serve Syrian children who escaped Syria's civil war.

"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," said Oscar-winning actor George Clooney and international human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, who gave birth to twins last month.
As many as 500,000 children from Syria are living in Lebanon, and an estimated 200,000 of them have no access to education, according to the United Nations. The Lebanese government has sought to fill in the void by providing "second shift" afternoon classes exclusively for them.
The Clooney's foundation and its partners will direct their donation to supporting these classes. The funds will go toward school supplies, transportation, new computers, teacher training, and curriculum development.

The Clooneys have supported Syrian refugees' education in the past. Last year, their foundation worked to enroll thousands of children into private schools operated by the international company SABIS.

The foundation decided this year that it would work through Lebanon's public school system instead, said Max Gleischman, a Clooney foundation spokesman.

George and Amal Clooney started their foundation last year. It has been involved in aiding Syrian refugees through education programs and efforts to resettle refugees in the United States. Judicial reform and refugee assistance worldwide are also parts of its mission



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