The Education Cluster derives its primary mandate, scope and boundaries from the IASC humanitarian system, and specifically from the cluster approach. The stated aim of the cluster approach is to strengthen system-wide preparedness and coordination of technical capacity to respond predictably to humanitarian emergencies, and provide clear leadership and accountability in the main areas of humanitarian response.
Education Cluster role and responsibility
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.
2015-2019 Strategic Plan
Coordination Services for Education Cluster Readiness (1)
The Education Cluster will support national actors and coordination mechanisms to develop the understanding and capacity to help inform when the cluster should be activated, and how the products available will support coordination of education resources in response to an emergency. The cluster also helps plan how these products are integrated with ongoing education development initiatives.
Coordination Services for Activated Education Clusters (2)
When a cluster is activated in an emergency, the Education Cluster will have a systematic process in place by which it identifies and deploys products appropriate to support the coordination of education activities. The level of engagement and support depends on the type of cluster and severity of the emergency, capacity on the ground and the level of preparedness. The Education Cluster also leads on the development, revision and maintenance of these products to ensure their relevance and appropriateness in supporting activated clusters to fulfill their functions.
Coordination Services for Education Cluster Transition and De-Activation (3)
The Education Cluster will have a systematic process in place by which it reviews the relevance and impact of its support. It will use this information to identify when to transition its coordination functions to standing national coordination mechanisms.
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