About us

Established in 2007, the Global Education Cluster (GEC) is a forum for coordination and collaboration on education in humanitarian crises. The GEC derives its primary mandate, purpose and scope from the 2005 IASC Cluster Approach.

Education Cluster role and responsibility

The Education Cluster responds to major emergencies when called upon to do so by the Humanitarian Coordinator (HC)/Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) and where the scale of the emergency is beyond the response capacity of national authorities. The nature of support provided depends on the expressed needs of individual country clusters, global priorities and the availability of resources.

The principal responsibility of the Education Cluster is to ensure education agencies and organisations responding to an emergency have the opportunity to take a coordinated approach and work alongside existing education structures at country level, to meet the education needs of the affected population. In doing so, the Cluster’s work is guided by the 6 core functions described in the IASC Cluster Coordination Reference Module (CCRM). This approach aims to ensure the international response is appropriate, reliable and efficient.

Global Education Cluster Core Functions

The GEC’s work is focused on strengthening the capacity of Education Clusters/EiE Working Groups at the country level in achieving its core functions so that they can support the development and delivery of predictable, timely, effective and appropriate responses. The GEC provides support to coordination teams before, during and after a humanitarian crisis to strengthen cluster readiness, reinforce coordination of activated clusters and support the deactivation of cluster and transition to education development platforms. It is done through a three-tiered approach:

  • Direct and remote field support to country clusters;
  • Providing guidance and capacity through training, development of tools and procedures, and knowledge management;
  • Global engagement and advocacy with partners in the wider humanitarian and education sectors.

Global Education Cluster Stakeholders

The Global Education Cluster is the only global cluster co-led by a UN agency and an international NGO: UNICEF and Save the Children. Representatives from the Cluster Lead Agencies (CLAs) make up the Education Cluster Steering Group who provide governance and oversight on the GEC annual plan and budget, promote engagement of their respective CLAs by securing funding for core coordination activities, and ensure the day-to-day working relationship of the CLAs.

The GEC Team is comprised of two Global Cluster Coordinators (GCCs), one from each CLA, who are seated in Geneva, and guide and oversee the day-to-day work of the GEC team an its work plan. They also conduct field support missions to support country clusters for various strategic objectives. The GEC team also includes knowledge and information management, communication and advocacy, administrative support.

The GEC team also includes the Rapid Response Team (RRT), a group of education in emergencies and coordination experts (including coordination, information management and needs assessment) who are rapidly deployable to support education coordination in humanitarian crises and who also provide capacity building at global and national levels.

The GEC is ultimately a partnership of NGOs, UN agencies and other organisations working together to support the implementation of the GEC strategic plan.



5 Responses to “About us”

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  3. Lisa Sabot-Schmid says:

    The Education Cluster has been deactivated in Ivory Coast. Please contact UNICEF to get in touch with the local education group.

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