The Education Cluster provides support to both formally activated clusters and other education sector humanitarian coordination groups. In the following sections you can find focal points and local websites for various country groups/clusters, more detailed information on current major crises (through our specific pages on L-3 emergencies and high uch as CAR) and information from UN OCHA on countries with formally activated cluster systems (note this does not always include education as a cluster)
EDUCATION CLUSTERS AND WORKING GROUPS : A list of country level cluster and sector working groups by region
L3 EMERGENCIES AND HIGH PRIORITY COUNTRIES : Current major crises, long term chronic emergencies sudden onset crises that are recognised as priorities for the Education Cluster
CURRENT CLUSTER COUNTRIES : A list of formally activated cluster countries provided by UN OCHA.
Education Clusters have been set up at field level in a large number of countries experiencing humanitarian crises. Education Clusters at the country level are crucial networks that coordinate education in emergencies work, bringing partners together to ensure priority needs are identified and met. Clusters at the country level are essential for information sharing and knowledge management, advocacy and resource mobilization and provide technical support to organizations implementing education programmes in extremely challenging contexts.
To date, there have been over 42 Education Clusters established at the country level. Clusters have a limited lifespan, only active for the period of humanitarian crises. As a result, the number of active and dormant clusters fluctuates over time. Some countries do not formally implement the Cluster Approach, but have cluster-like coordination mechanisms, often called Education Working Groups, which perform many of the same functions. For a list of Education Clusters, other coordination groups, and their status, click here.
At the country level, leadership of the Clusters varies from context to context, but commonly involves a tripartite arrangement: wherever possible, Education Clusters aim to engage and invite the leadership of the national Ministries of Education, UNICEF will often serve as lead or co-lead agency, and usually Save the Children or occasionally another international NGO will also co-lead, mirroring the UN/NGO partnership seen at the global level.
Support to Country Clusters from the global Education Cluster occurs in formal and informal ways. This website is intended to be a central hub of information and technical support, and County Cluster Coordinators are encouraged to explore the tools and resources and contact the Education Cluster Unit with any questions via the Support and Contacts page.
The Global Cluster also provides more structured support to a priority number of Country Clusters, those on the Watchlist. To find out more about Watchlist countries, click here.
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