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Post by party animal - not! on Mon 31 Jul 2017, 17:11

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Post by Donnamarie on Mon 31 Jul 2017, 19:21

Excellent.  A bit of good news today.  Thanks PAN Very Happy
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Post by party animal - not! on Mon 31 Jul 2017, 19:49

Good isn't it? Here's the UNICEF announcement.........

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I sense this project won't too long getting off the ground.......

Thanks from the Lebanese Education minister too. I cannot imagine how much pressure the government must be feeling with four million refugees in that tiny strip of land........

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Post by carolhathaway on Mon 31 Jul 2017, 21:32

That's really good news!
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Post by annemarie on Mon 31 Jul 2017, 21:41

That is wonderful.

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Post by melbert on Tue 01 Aug 2017, 02:32

So this is a new announcement or enhancement of the story they started last year about classrooms that never happened?
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Post by Katiedot on Tue 01 Aug 2017, 03:15

Here are the actual stories:

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Clooney Foundation for Justice partners with UNICEF to open seven public schools to Syrian refugee children

With support from Google.org and HP Inc., the Clooney Foundation for Justice's $2.25 million partnership and $1 million technology grant will enroll thousands of currently out-of-school refugees in formal education

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On 7 December 2013 in Lebanon, Aliya, 7, completes homework in the tent she shares with 16 family members in an informal tented settlement for Syrian refugees in Dalhamieh, a small village in the Bekaa Valley.
NEW YORK, 31 July 2017 – The Clooney Foundation for Justice today announced a $2.25 million partnership, which includes a generous donation from Google.org, and a $1 million technology grant from HP, to support formal education for Syrian refugees in Lebanon. The partnership with UNICEF will help seven public schools to provide critical education opportunities to nearly 3,000 currently out-of-school refugee students this school year, and will also support a pilot of technology tools in these schools to advance learning outcomes for refugee children and Lebanese youth.

“Thousands of young Syrian 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. 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 George and Amal Clooney.

The Syrian refugee crisis remains the largest humanitarian crisis since the end of World War II. Lebanon, which has the world’s highest per capita refugee population, has been particularly affected by an influx of more than one million Syrian refugees. This surge has left local resources strained, affecting both refugee children and Lebanese students.

Of today’s announcement, Lebanon’s Minister of Education, Marwan Hamade said "The Government of Lebanon is profoundly grateful to the leadership of George and Amal Clooney and the Clooney Foundation for Justice. 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. We are also looking forward to collaborating with the Clooney Foundation and its partners on advancing innovative technology in all our classrooms. Each child given access to education, and new ways of learning, represents a life changed for the better. Today’s grant from the Clooney Foundation for Justice is therefore a crucial investment in future generations in Lebanon.”

The Clooney Foundation for Justice’s initiative, combining financial support with technology, will improve educational opportunities for both Lebanese and Syrian refugee children, so many of whom are missing out on an education.

“How can children become the workers and leaders of their countries someday if they have not had the education and support they need to reach their full potential?” asked UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake. “By supporting the work of UNICEF and our partners to deliver education to every child affected by the conflict in Syria, the Clooney Foundation for Justice is not only investing in the futures of individual children, it is investing in the future of the entire region.  UNICEF is deeply grateful for this critical funding.”

Close to 200,000 Syrian refugee children in Lebanon are out of school. Their lives have been shaped by violence, displacement and lack of opportunity, and many have never been enrolled in formal education. Without access to learning and a return to a sense of normalcy, these children are at risk of becoming a lost generation. The Clooney Foundation for Justice is committed to supporting efforts that ensure children get the experiences they need to thrive. UNICEF has been working with partners across the region to put children first since the crisis began. In addition to providing emergency assistance and essential services, including child-friendly spaces, UNICEF and partners have been at the forefront of efforts to address the long-term needs of Syrian refugee children, including education, counseling and social inclusion.

“We must ensure that we do not fail those most vulnerable victims who have managed to flee the carnage in Syria. It is our hope that the refugee children who will soon start school through this initiative will have a chance to contribute to building a more peaceful and just world and, hopefully, one where those responsible for these grave crimes are held to account.” said Ambassador David Pressman, Executive Director of the Clooney Foundation for Justice.

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FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2016 file photo, Amal Clooney, left, and George Clooney arrive at the world premiere of "Hail, Caesar!" in Los Angeles. Clooney’s foundation is planning to open seven public schools for Syrian refugee children. The Clooney Foundation for Justice announced a new partnership Monday, July 31, 2017, with Google, HP and UNICEF to provide education for more than 3,000 refugee children in Lebanon. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)more [size=15]+[/size]




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George Clooney's foundation is planning to open seven public schools for Syrian refugee children.
The Clooney Foundation for Justice announced a new partnership Monday with Google, HP and UNICEF to provide education for more than 3,000 refugee children in Lebanon.
George and Amal Clooney said in a statement Monday that the foundation's commitment of more than $2 million toward education for Syrian refugees aims to prevent thousands of young people from becoming "a lost generation."
"They have been victims of geography and circumstance, but that doesn't mean there isn't hope," the couple 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."
A UNICEF spokesman described the couple's support as "investing the future of the entire region."
George and Amal Clooney established the Clooney Foundation for Justice last year to support equity in courtrooms, classrooms and communities around the world.

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Clooney Foundation for Justice Partners with UNICEF to Open Seven Public Schools to Syrian Refugee Children in Lebanon
With support from Google.org and HP Inc., the Clooney Foundation for Justice's $2.25 million partnership and $1 million technology grant will enroll thousands of currently out-of-school refugees in formal education and provide additional support for Lebanese and Syrian children in public schools across Lebanon

NEW YORK, July 31, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Clooney Foundation for Justice today announced a $2.25 million partnership, which includes a generous donation from Google.org, and a $1 million technology grant from HP, to support formal education for Syrian refugees in Lebanon. The partnership with UNICEF will help seven public schools to provide critical education opportunities to nearly 3,000 currently out-of-school refugee students this school year, and will also support a pilot of technology tools in these schools to advance learning outcomes for refugee children and Lebanese youth.

"Thousands of young Syrian 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. 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 George and Amal Clooney.

The Syrian refugee crisis remains the largest humanitarian crisis since the end of World War II. Lebanon, which has the world's highest per capita refugee population, has been particularly affected by an influx of more than one million Syrian refugees. This surge has left local resources strained, affecting both refugee children and Lebanese students.

Of today's announcement, Lebanon's Minister of Education, Marwan Hamade said "The Government of Lebanon is profoundly grateful to the leadership of George and Amal Clooney and the Clooney Foundation for Justice. 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. We are also looking forward to collaborating with the Clooney Foundation and its partners on advancing innovative technology in all our classrooms. Each child given access to education, and new ways of learning, represents a life changed for the better. Today's grant from the Clooney Foundation for Justice is therefore a crucial investment in future generations in Lebanon."

The Clooney Foundation for Justice's initiative, combining financial support with technology, will improve educational opportunities for both Lebanese and Syrian refugee children, so many of whom are missing out on an education.

"How can children become the workers and leaders of their countries someday if they have not had the education and support they need to reach their full potential?" asked UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake. "By supporting the work of UNICEF and our partners to deliver education to every child affected by the conflict in Syria, the Clooney Foundation for Justice is not only investing in the futures of individual children, it is investing in the future of the entire region. UNICEF is deeply grateful for this critical funding."

Close to 200,000 Syrian refugee children in Lebanon are out of school. Their lives have been shaped by violence, displacement and lack of opportunity, and many have never been enrolled in formal education. Without access to learning and a return to a sense of normalcy, these children are at risk of becoming a lost generation. The Clooney Foundation for Justice is committed to supporting efforts that ensure children get the experiences they need to thrive. UNICEF has been working with partners across the region to put children first since the crisis began. In addition to providing emergency assistance and essential services, including child-friendly spaces, UNICEF and partners have been at the forefront of efforts to address the long-term needs of Syrian refugee children, including education, counseling and social inclusion.

"We must ensure that we do not fail those most vulnerable victims who have managed to flee the carnage in Syria. It is our hope that the refugee children who will soon start school through this initiative will have a chance to contribute to building a more peaceful and just world and, hopefully, one where those responsible for these grave crimes are held to account." said Ambassador David Pressman, Executive Director of the Clooney Foundation for Justice.

About UNICEF
The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) works in more than 190 countries and territories to put children first. UNICEF has helped save more children's lives than any other humanitarian organization, by providing health care and immunizations, clean water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief and more. UNICEF USA supports UNICEF's work through fundraising, advocacy and education in the United States. Together, we are working toward the day when no children die from preventable causes and every child has a safe and healthy childhood. For more information, visit [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

About the Clooney Foundation for Justice
The Clooney Foundation for Justice was established in late 2016 by George and Amal Clooney to advance justice in courtrooms, communities, and classrooms around the world. For more information on the Foundation and its work, please visit [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
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Post by Donnamarie on Tue 01 Aug 2017, 03:21

In the announcement of this initiative last September it was stated that the first phase of the program would begin in September 2017.  Now we know the program will be set up in seven selected schools and covering up to 3,000 students.
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Post by party animal - not! on Tue 01 Aug 2017, 10:16

This story is now all over the front pages of most leading newspapers here in the UK and across the world. Impressive.

And a great topic and diversion for red carpets! Wonder if they'll open the first one.....

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Post by annemarie on Tue 01 Aug 2017, 10:35

It is very impressive and shows that George and Amal are very serious and committed
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Post by Donnamarie on Tue 01 Aug 2017, 18:11

Yes.  I hope this project will have some positive impact .  Hopefully they can expand to include many more refugee children in the next couple of years.  

'The Guardian' mentioned that the international company Sabis was going to be a private/public partner in this endeavor ... at least that was the original plan.  But it seems that they are out. Now the Clooney Foundation is planning on working within the public school system.
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