The Hariri foundation distributes scholarships to Syrian and Lebanese students in Beirut, Thursday, March 12, 2015. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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The Hariri Foundation provided 52 private schools from across Lebanon with scholarship funds Thursday to pay for the tuition of 3,000 Syrian refugees, as part of a wider campaign to integrate more refugee children into education.There are over 1.1 million Syrian refugees in Lebanon who fled the civil war, equivalent to a quarter of the country's population.The psychosocial programs will be implemented by NGOs that will work, among other things, on building cohesion among the Lebanese and Syrian children. According to Kidproof's President in the MENA region Darine al-Masri, Kidproof's program is focused on defusing tension between Syrian and Lebanese children.Kidproof's program will start later this month and they will hold 200 workshops that hope to reach 5,000 children over the weeks that follow.
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