Attacks on education and the military use of schools are a major challenge to education provision in conflict-affected countries. In recent years, Education Clusters and Education in Emergencies Working Groups (EiE WG) have been increasingly engaged in monitoring, reporting and responding to attacks on education and the military use of schools and using this as a basis for advocacy, prevention and response consistent with the cluster mandate of ensuring a timely and effective education response.
The Global Education Cluster and UNICEF Education, in close cooperation with the Global Child Protection Working Group (CPWG), commissioned a consultancy to map global practices and perspectives in relation to the Education Cluster’s role in monitoring, reporting and responding to attacks on education, and to develop field-based guidance for Education Cluster/EiE WG coordination teams. Consultations took place from December 2015 to January 2016, with in-country teams, MRM specialists, and global experts and advocates in related fields.
As a next step, the Global Education Cluster team will develop this important work further, into practical field guidance for country coordination teams. This will be shared widely as soon as it is available.