George and Amal Clooney are teaming up with UNICEF to help 3,000 Syrian refugee children go to school this year.
The Clooney Foundation for Justice announced on Monday that it would open seven public schools in Lebanon, where the United Nations says 200,000 children fleeing from neighboring Syria are not getting an education.
The $3.25 million humanitarian project, which is also funded by Google and HP Inc., will pay for computers and other school supplies, transportation, curriculum and teacher training. Lebanon has over a million Syrian refugees and nearly 500,000 of them are children.
“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,” said Oscar-winning actor George Clooney and international human rights lawyer Amal Clooney. “Thousands of young Syrians 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.”
George and Amal Clooney tied the knot back in September 2014, and in the beginning of June, they became parents to twins Ella and Alexander.
“The Government of Lebanon is profoundly grateful to the leadership of George and Amal Clooney and the Clooney Foundation for Justice,” said Marwan Hamadeh, Lebanon’s Minister of Education. “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.”
Last year, Amal began representing Nadia Murad on behalf of the nearly 10,000 killed or kidnapped in the Yezidi genocide. Murad was kidnapped by the Islamic State in August 2014. She has since become a Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking of the United Nations (UNODC).
“I think one of the ways to take action is to expose their brutality and their corruption, and partly you can do that through trials,” Amal said. “I met her, and I just thought, ‘I can’t walk away,” she said of Murad.