George Clooney and his wife Amal, an internal human right lawyer have announced their intention to sponsor the education of 3000 Syrian refugees in Lebanon.
The couple see the need to re-shape the lives of many children that were shattered by the Syrian crisis.
Many refugees from Syria fled to Lebanon to save their lives and those of their children.
Lebanon harbors over 1 million Syrian refugees; of which children take half the number.
Syrian children are the most affected age group in the years of turmoil. About 2.3 million children have fled Syria while many others wake up to rains of bombs and bullets.
Earlier reports in March said that while about 650 Children have been killed; 850 have been recruited as child soldiers.
Thus, in order to avert these tendencies, the Clooneys have decided to give them a chance to be educated and be prepared to face their future and the world with a saner mind set.
These 3000 Syrian refugees will be provided education in their host country, Lebanon, via the Clooney Foundation for Justice.
The Clooneys said the education project is courtesy of their partnership with Google and HP Inc (HPQ.N).
As a team they intend to assist UNICEF and the Lebanese Ministry of Education in creating “second shift” schools for these 3000 Syrian refugees. The education initiative will also make afternoon classes available for them.
According to the Hollywood actor George Clooney and his wife Amal Clooney, the Syrian experience has negatively affected the formation of these children. They shared their sympathy while acknowledging that they are only victims in the horrid experiences that have destroyed their communities and scarred their lives.
As contained in their Foundation’s statement, the couple explained thus:
“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.”
Setting the initiative into motion, the Clooney Foundation for Justice together with Google and HP Inc have made a $3.25 million donation. This will help to foot the bills for the transportation, school supplies, computers, content, curriculum and teacher training.
The United Nations says about 200,000 Syrian children who sought asylum in the neighboring country, Lebanon do not have access to education.
On the number of people trooping into country for safety, the Lebanese government had once expressed concerns on promising a sufficient provision of basic needs and amenities.
With this Monday announcement of taking up the education costs of 3000 Syrian refugees, the burden will be eased for the seemingly stretched but accommodating government.
Max Gleischman, spokesman for the Clooneys’ foundation also said that contrary to the initial plan of working with private schools operated by SABIS, the foundation thought it better to use the public school system.
According to Reuters, the 6 years of escalated Syrian crisis has caused the displacement of 11 million citizens with about 400, 000, reported dead.