The world is facing the greatest refugee crisis in decades, and part of that crisis is the lack of educational resources available to displaced children.
In Lebanon, there are over 1 million registered Syrian refugees, a quarter of the nation’s population. It is estimated that there are 417,000 refugee children between 3 and 14 years old, but nearly half do not have access to education, making them more vulnerable to violence, exploitation, marriage or recruitment into armed groups. Many refugee children start working for as little as 2 dollars a day and have no opportunity to learn to read and write.
While the Ministry of Education is attempting to address the issue, a handful of public schools have opened their doors to the Syrian children, access to education is still sparse for the growing population of refugees. However, global philanthropists are stepping up to change the lives of Syrian children who deserve an opportunity to learn.
The Clooney Foundation for Justice
The Clooney Foundation for Justice, founded by George and Amal Clooney, announced that they are partnering with UNICEF with support from Google to open 7 public schools in Lebanon for Syrian refugees. They estimate that they will provide education to around 3,000 refugees this year, in addition to advocating for academic curiosity despite obstacles and providing school supplies and transportation.
“Giving refugee children access to education would unshackle their ability to change their lives and those of generations to come,” the foundation states about the initiative.
The Clooneys see potential to become global leaders and advocates in the generation of young refugees. “They have been victims of geography and circumstance, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t hope,” they wrote in a statement provided to The Associated Press. “Our goal with this initiative is to help provide Syrian refugee children with an education and put them on a path to be the future leaders their generation desperately needs.”
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