Clooney Foundation Donates $2.25M for Education of Syrian Refugees
Hollywood star George Clooney and wife Amal, through their Clooney Foundation, is allotting $2.25 million to help Syrian refugees in Lebanon have access to formal education. The sizable donation includes a $1 million technology grant from HP and a substantial contribution from Google.org.
This venture by the Clooney Foundation for Justice in partnership with UNICEF will ensure that seven public schools in Lebanon will be able to provide educational and advanced learning opportunities for out-of-school Syrian refugees as well as Lebanese youth.
In a statement about the donation, George and Amal said that: “Thousands of young Syrian refugees are at risk — the risk of never being a productive part of society. Formal education can help change that. That’s our goal with this initiative. 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.”
The huge number of Syrian refugees in Lebanon is currently causing a strain on the country’s resources, which is why the donation from the Clooney Foundation will greatly help both refugees and Lebanese youth gain access to free quality education.
“The Government of Lebanon is profoundly grateful to the leadership of George and Amal Clooney and the Clooney Foundation for Justice. We are delighted the Clooney Foundation has decided to support our efforts to open the doors of more public schools to ensure we can offer every child currently living in Lebanon a free education…Today’s grant from the Clooney Foundation for Justice is, therefore, a crucial investment in future generations in Lebanon,” said Lebanon’s Minister of Education, Marwan Hamade.
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