UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, Refugees’ Education Advocate
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Muzoon Almellehan is a Syrian activist and the youngest UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. As a refugee, Almellehan experienced how difficult it was to maintain an education in emergency situations and learned first-hand the effects of the civil war, particularly on young women.
Almellehan fled Syria with her family in 2013, always carrying her schoolbooks with her, certain that education was important for her future. Almellehan is now a strong advocate for education in emergencies, determined to help the students of the war-stricken country gain access to education despite the tough circumstances within the country.
Muzoon lived in Jordan as a refugee for three years, witnessing half of the 40 girls in her class at Za’atari drop out of refugee school to get married. Child marriage has increased dramatically after the civil war began and Almellehan became known for trying to persuade parents to leave their children, particularly girls, in refugee schools rather than subject them to childhood marriage.
Now Almellehan lives in the UK with her family and is enrolled in a local school. Also, continuing with her advocacy efforts, she has spoken at the United Nations General Assembly, the G20 Summit and has been showcased in different media outlets.