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Footballer Messi builds school for 1,600 Syrian students

Argentinian footballer, Leo Messi [Lluís/Wikimedia]
Argentinian footballer, Leo Messi [Lluís/Wikimedia]

Argentinian footballer, Lionel Messi, star player for FC Barcelona, announced he would be donating a school for Syrian children.

Messi wrote a post on his official Facebook page saying: "The Leo Messi Foundation has helped UNICEF to install 20 pre-fabricated classrooms in Syria, offering over 1,600 children an improved learning environment in their schools."

According to Spain's Marca magazine: "This contribution has enabled more than 1,600 children to attend schools with adequately furnished classrooms, that are also equipped with solar panels to provide the best environment for learning despite the conflict in that country, now in its sixth year."

Read: Syrian refugee children struggle to get education, says UNICEF

This is not the first campaign the international footballer has backed in support of the Middle East and North Africa. In February he launched a campaign to raise awareness of hepatitis C in Egypt.

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