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 population of any country in the world. There are over one million Syrian refugees 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 private sector partners, including Google, Virgin and the Radcliffe Foundation, CFJ is designing a program to provide out-of-school children in Lebanon, including Syrian refugees, a chance to go back to school.
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. The public school system in Lebanon is at breaking point – with schools already working double shifts. The UN, NGOs and private actors want to help – but none of the existing projects are large-scale initiatives focused on getting children back into formal education for the long term.
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.
The Clooney Foundation for Justice is working with our partners to develop an innovative and impactful program to help advance education for Syrian refugee children in Lebanon. Stay tuned for additional updates.
The Clooney Foundation for Justice is designing a program 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.