If you thought power couple George and Amal Clooney could not get any stronger, than their latest act of good will is next level. With assistance from with Google and HP, The Clooney Foundation for Justice is set to help UNICEF and the Lebanese ministry of education to open seven public schools for Syrian Refugees in Lebanon.
With a $2.25 million partnership with Google as well as a $1 million technology grant from HP, the group will send nearly 3,000 Syrian refugees to school. The money from the two tech companies will help pay for transport, school supplies, computers, curriculum and teacher training. Human Rights Watch estimates that over 250,000 children in Amal’s home country of Lebanon are unable to attend school.
“Thousands of young Syrian refugees are at risk – the risk of never being a productive part of society. Formal education can help change that,” said the couple. “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.”
In response to the news, UK Labour MP Stella Creasy tweeted: ‘Extraordinary – the Clooneys personally helping the equivalent of ten times more unaccompanied refugee children than the UK government…”
Extraordinary – the clooneys personally helping the equivalent of ten times more unaccompanied refugee children than the UK government … https://t.co/ZeYl7sARzY
— stellacreasy (@stellacreasy) August 1, 2017
At this time, the UK Government are assisting 200 unaccompanied child refugees in the UK. The Government however have estimated that they have helped over 500,000 children obtain an eduction as a result of UK aid while 75,000 have been enrolled in schools in Jordan and Lebanon.
The Clooney Foundation for Justice was established in 2016 with aim to “advance justice in court rooms, classrooms and communities around the world.” Co-founder and presidents of the foundation, George and Amal are fighting for rights for individuals unfairly targeted by oppressive governments as well as minority and marginalised groups.
To do your part for these Syrian Children, head to the Education Cannot Wait campaign here.