It has caused a generation of innocent children to be forced from their homes, and out of schools. Millions of families have fled the war zones, and many children have not been to school since the war began in 2011.
Lebanon has the highest ratio of refugee to resident population of any country in the world. There are over one million Syrian refugees registered there today, making up approximately one quarter of the country’s population. Over 200,000 of these refugees are children who are not enrolled in school.
CFJ believes that this must change. That this cannot become a lost generation.
Working with UNICEF, and supported by generous funding and in-kind donations from private sector partners including HP Inc. and Google.org, CFJ is sponsoring the opening of 7 public schools in Lebanon to Syrian refugee children for this academic year and the piloting of technology in these schools to help improve learning outcomes.
About a third of the Syrian refugees in Lebanon are children who are not in school. This is a generation of children that is very unlikely to go home to Syria for many years – the average return time for refugees is 17 years.
Many Syrian refugee children are sent out to work for as little as 2 dollars per day with no hope of learning to read and write. Many public schools in Lebanon have opened their doors to Syrian refugees, but more need to do so. CFJ is proud to help make this happen.
Without education, this lost generation becomes not only a missed opportunity for the advancement of Lebanon but also a huge security threat in the region and beyond. Giving refugee children access to education would unshackle their ability to change their lives and those of generations to come.
Through a partnership with UNICEF, the Clooney Foundation for Justice, with generous support from Google.org, will enable 7 existing public schools in Lebanon to open their doors in the afternoon to provide formal education to out-of-school Syrian refugee children in the coming school year. CFJ’s initiative will:
CFJ, with the support of HP Inc., will also pilot state-of-the-art technology tools geared toward advancing learning outcomes in these 7 schools.
The Clooney Foundation for Justice has partnered with the Southern Poverty Law Center to expand its relentless efforts to combat hate groups in the United States.
The Clooney Foundation for Justice has partnered with UNICEF to advance educational opportunities for Syrian refugees.
The Clooney Foundation for Justice is developing the TrialWatch project to limit the use of the courts as a tool for oppression.
The Clooney Foundation for Justice has sponsored the resettlement of Syrian and Yazidi refugees in the United States and will continue to offer support and assistance.