George and Amal Clooney’s new initiative will send 3,000 Syrian refugees to school

Did you know, roughly 84 per cent of Syrian refugee adolescents aged 15 to 17 in Lebanon are out of school?

Enter George and Amal Clooney, who’ve announced their plan to send 3,000 Syrian refugees to school in Lebanon.

With support from Google and HP Inc, the Clooney Foundation for Justice’s $2.25 million partnership and $1 million technology grant will enroll thousands of currently out-of-school refugees in education.

“The Clooney Foundation for Justice said that it has teamed up with Google and HP Inc to help the UN children’s agency UNICEF and the Lebanese Ministry of Education open seven so-called ‘second shift’ schools for Syrian refugee children,” The New Arab wrote.

The Clooneys have decided to support education for Syrian refugees through the public school system, instead of investing in private schools operated by SABIS, said Max Gleischman, a spokesperson for the Clooneys’ foundation.

“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.
“Thousands of young Syrian refugees are at risk – the risk of never being a productive part of society… formal education can help change that,” George and Amal Clooney said in a joint statement.

The Clooney Foundation for Justice’s initiative will:

  • Enable close to 3,000 Syrian refugee children to get access to formal education this year.
  • Allow UNICEF to encourage enrollment despite significant impediments.
  • Provide necessary school supplies to enrolled students.
  • Provide transportation to the CFJ supported schools for refugee students who would otherwise have no choice but to stay home and fall further behind.

On top of their efforts to advance educational opportunities for Syrian refugees, the Clooney Foundation for Justice have also sponsored the resettlement of Syrian and Yazidi refugees in the United States.

They also run the ‘TrialWatch’ project, which aims to limit the use of courts as a tool for oppression.