Malala and Gordon Brown launch Syria appeal

Schoolgirl campaigner Malala Yousafzai and former prime minister Gordon Brown have helped launched a campaign to find 300,000 school places for Syrian children forced to flee to Lebanon.

The two have joined with education charity A World at School to support a $500 million (£320 million), three-year plan to provide emergency education and food for displaced children in Lebanese schools.

Malala Yousafzai spoke to twin Syrian girls in Lebanon via Skype to offer them hope. Credit: A World at School/Ken Bhogal

Malala also spoke via Skype to Zahra and Om Kolthoum Katou, twin Syrian girls who crossed the border to Lebanon, in a bid to offer them hope and support.