They are the power couple who do what they can to make society a better place. We’re talking about Hollywood A-list actor George Clooney and his human rights lawyer wife, Amal. The couple are donating enough funds to help send over 3,000 refugee children from Syria to continue going to school. These refugees have escaped their homes and run across the border into neighboring Lebanon, to escape from the ongoing war.
The Clooney Foundation for Justice has teamed up with Google and HP Inc. to help UNICEF and the Lebanese Ministry of Education to open seven “second shift” schools for the children. Second shift schools have been temporary set up in the afternoons, to teach these refugees after regular school is out.
George Clooney said in a statement, “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 productive part of society. Formal education can help change that.”
It is reported that there are over 1 million Syrian refugees in Lebanon alone, with over 500,000 being children. A total of $3.25 million is being donated by The Clooney Foundation for Justice for the second shift schools. Google and HP Inc. will be paying for transportation, school supplies, teachers, training, computers, curriculum and other allied activities.
Spokesman for The Clooney Foundation, Max Gleischman, said that the organization made the decision to donate funds to the public school system, rather than through private schools that are operated by SABIS, which is an organization that trains children for college and other higher education exams.
Amal and George Clooney became parents to twins, Alexander and Ella just a month ago, on June 6. The parents are said to be over the moon, and are spending all of their time with their children.
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