Power couple George and Amal Clooney will soon help send thousands of Syrian refugee children back to school.
Their organization, the Clooney Foundation for Justice, is partnering with UNICEF and Google to raise $2.25 million toward seven public schools in Lebanon. Computer giant HP will be throwing in an additional $1 million technology grant.
The money will go into extending the hours of the seven public schools so refugee children can attend classes in the afternoon.
The public school will operate on a two-shift system. Lebanese students will attend school in the morning, and the refugee children will attend school in the afternoon. UNICEF hopes this system will allow schools with limited physical space to double their capacity.
The Clooney Foundation for Justice will cover the cost for 3,000 Syrian children to attend school including registration fees, teacher salaries for the second shift, and textbooks.
The Clooneys released a statement about this project, saying, “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.”
Worldwide, there are over 5 million Syrian refugees. 1 million of which are in Lebanon, and about 200,000 of those are children who do not go to school.