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Global Education Cluster Newsletter

Special Issue on Sudan

Issue N° 31

Dear EiE colleagues,

We are pleased to share the 31st issue of the Global Education Cluster newsletter. From this edition, the GEC newsletter will be issued on a quarterly basis to allow a stronger focus on the work, challenges and successes of country clusters with a feature on once country cluster in each edition. We start this new version by highlighting the great work done by the coordination team in Sudan. In the remainder of the newsletter, you will find an update on the Global Education Cluster's work, including RRTs' deployments, global events and the latest resources related to education in emergencies. Please share this newsletter with colleagues, partners, country-level Education cluster members and other colleagues who might find the information and contacts useful.

Sudan faces two major overlapping humanitarian challenges: one triggered by a conflict leading to wide scale and long term population displacement and another due to El Niño weather pattern in 2015 which resulted in food security crisis and further displacement. 5.8 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance. The conflict and natural disasters have severely hampered access to education. Out of the 4 million school-aged children (4-16 years) living in the 8 conflict-affected States, an estimated 1.6 million are in need of education in emergency support.

The Education Sector was set up in 2009 to improve preparedness and coordination, and to strengthen the predictability and the partnership between UN agencies, NGOs and the government to ensure a more coherent and effective education in emergency response. The Education Sector aims to ensure that children in conflict and disaster-affected areas have access to learning and recreational activities. The support includes, but is not limited to, the following activities: construction and rehabilitation of learning spaces and school WASH facilities; provision of essential teaching, learning and recreational supplies; school feeding programmes; teachers and PTA trainings; and capacity building with MoE staff.

Despite high humanitarian needs, funding and global attention on Sudan is decreasing putting aid partners in a position where they are required to deliver more for less. Bilateral funding for EiE is non-existent, education partners rely on the Sudan Humanitarian Fund (Common Humanitarian Fund, CHF, for Sudan) and the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF). Under the 2016 Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP), education has received to date 38% 0f the requested funding. It is worth flagging that 71% of the funding received are allocated to school feeding programmes.

Jumma Khan has been the Education Sector coordinator in Sudan since December 2013. In an interview with the Global Education Cluster, he highlights some the Education Sector's achievements in 2016 but also  the main challenges impeding the education response, including the lack of funding, access and partners' capacity. Despite those challenges, the Education Sector achieved great successes, including securing funding through SHF and CERF, involvement of the MoE, setting information management systems, etc. Having a long-term coordinator in place proves very useful in Sudan's sensitive and fast evolving context. Being an experienced coordinator, Jumma shares some great advice, including the necessity of always be prepared to make the case for EiE, to have evidence-based information, and to try to think beyond education. Read his full interview here.

Education Cluster Core Skills Training
In July 2016 the Global Education Cluster delivered its thirds Education Cluster Core Skills Training in Villars-sur-Ollon, Switzerland. Prior to the residential training that took place from 10 to 15 July, all 26 participants completed a pre-training, online module with both theory-based readings and quizzes as well as practical Information Management (IM) focused exercises.

The Core Skill Training seeks to equip all cluster staff with the required skills to establish and effectively run an Education Cluster. The training builds the practical skills needed around the development and implementation of Cluster strategy with focus on both the traditional "coordinator" and "information manager" roles and responsibilities.

2nd Quarterly Update
The GEC April-June Update is available here. This document provides partners with a regular update on progress the GEC has made towards the objectives and activities outlined in the work plan. In addition it provides links to further information and resources while highlighting key upcoming events and training opportunities.

Update on Staffing Situation
Annelies Ollieuz, Senior RRT Education Cluster Coordinator with NORCAP and longest serving member of the Rapid Response Team, has left the team in early August. During her four years with the Rapid Response Team, Annelies has provided expert direct support to country, including Nigeria, Jordan, Syria, South Sudan, Liberia, Nepal, Ethiopia and Iraq, through deployment and remote support. At the global level, she contributed extensively to the development of key tools and projects such as the Core Skills training and the Global Education Cluster Toolkit. As senior RRT member, Annelies managed the RRTs' deployments and followed up individually with country clusters/working groups which requested support. Annelies also went above and beyond the call of duty in bridging the gap during the transition between Global Cluster Coordinators.

With her expertise and positive attitude, Annelies has been a joy to work with. She will be dearly missed. We wish her all the best of luck in her new position with NRC and we are glad she will remain in the Cluster family as NRC representative.

We are pleased to announce that Sarah Bellotti (NORCAP) has joined the Rapid Response Team as Education Cluster Coordinator in August. Prior to joining the team, she worked for UNHCR as Information Management Officer (IMO) in the Mali office, and before that as the Mali Education Cluster IM/Co-Lead with the Save the Children International. She has also worked with INEE in communication and knowledge management, for Save the Children US in psychosocial programs for domestic emergencies, and as a teacher in Thailand. 

Sarah attended the first Global Education Cluster/Child Protection Working Group IM training in 2014 and helped facilitate two regional IM trainings for West and Central Africa in 2015. She attended the Global Education Cluster needs assessment training in 2015 and completed the Core Skills course in 2016. Sarah holds a Master of Science in Disaster Resilience Leadership Studies and Bachelors of Arts in both International Studies and French.

On August 3rd, RRT member Luca Fraschini joined the Ethiopia Education Cluster team in Addis Ababa for three weeks of intensive strategy development and capacity building. The mission was designed to ensure the Ethiopia Education Cluster received the support it needed to coordinate the education in emergency (EIE) response. With a talented national team of one coordinator, Mellese Bedanie, and one information manager, Moges Derbew, who both recently attended the Global Education Cluster Core Skills Training in July 2016, the RRT member brought the extra assistance and experience needed to write a comprehensive strategy that would help the coordinating an effective EIE response.

Beginning with a secondary data review (SDR) and culminating in a three-day training/workshop for approximately 20 participants representing national and sub-national cluster partners, the strategy development was grounded in evidence and consultation with those implementing EiE in Ethiopia.

Through this process, a principled, evidence-based and consultative strategy has been developed for the Ethiopia Education Cluster. It will help the Cluster team guide their partners and for Ethiopia Cluster partners to coordinate around a joint plan to ensure an effective EiE response for children in need. For more information, please check the Ethiopia Education Cluster webpage.

In July 2016, the Mosul Flash Appeal was released to prepare for the expected movement of people once the operations to retake Mosul begin. The preparedness activities in the Flash Appeal include establishing temporary schools with teaching and learning items in areas where children are expected to be displaced. Partners will preposition tents, mobile school units, books and other basic classroom materials to mitigate educational disruption and provide a sense of normality for school-aged children. Trainings will be organized to ensure sufficient teaching capacity before displaced families arrive. Partners will train teachers and pre-deploy education staff to priority locations to ensure sufficient additional capacity is in place. The Iraq Humanitarian Pooled Fund second standard allocation of 2016 was opened for applications on 8 September and 75% of the funding is channeled to key components of Mosul Flash Appeal. Education is one of the priority clusters. The Iraq Education Cluster partners are submitting proposals with deadline on 20 September. The Cluster have currently 22 reporting partners in 15 (out of 17) governorates.
Annelies Ollieuz, senior RRT Coordinator, was deployed for three weeks in July to look at the coordination structure in Iraq and consulted with Cluster Lead Agencies UNICEF and Save the Children Country Offices, and Iraq Education Cluster for further support needed. She recommended further additional RRT deployments to strengthen the Education Cluster to effectively prepare to and coordinate the response to the anticipated massive displacement related to the military operations in Mosul.

Dominik Koeppl, RRT Information Management (IM) Specialist, has been deployed since mid-August to strengthen IM systems, build the capacity of the newly recruited local IM, and support the Humanitarian Needs Overview (HNO) preparation for the Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) and the Regional Refugee Resilience Plan (3RP). The IM based in Erbil will soon be joined by a second national IM based in Baghdad.
Kaisa-Leena Juvonen, RRT Coordinator, has been deployed to the Kurdistan Region of Iraq to support the sub-national Education Clusters as roving cluster coordinator for period of eight weeks starting from early September.She is supporting recently established sub-national Education Clusters in Dahuk, Erbil, Kirkuk and Sulaymaniah led by two double-hatting focal points from Cluster partner agencies (UNICEF, INTERSOS, NRC, PIN, Save the Children, REACH).

For further information, visit the Iraq Education Cluster webpage.

Landon Newby, senior RRT Information Management Specialist, was deployed mid-August to Myanmar. During his three-week mission, Landon supported the Education Sector Working Group through Humanitarian Programme Cycle (HPC) processes, including the finalization of the HNO and starting the 2017 HRP process. While the country office finalized the recruitment of a coordinator, Landon also updated the general coordination structure, reference tools and key documents such as Terms of Reference (ToRs), Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), contact list, 4Ws, etc. He also supported the Myanmar Humanitarian Fund process, through project reviews.

Michael Wilkins, RRT Needs Assessment Specialist, has been deployed to Vietnam on a preparedness mission. He is building up a rapid assessment systems ahead of the cyclones season through the use of mobile technology. Michael's mission will bring much needed data support to education in Vietnam, but also inform preparedness activities throughout the region. Building upon a system he put in place in Somalia, the tools and guidance that Michael develops will be integrated to the work of the Global Education Cluster in supporting country clusters in critical element of their planning.


The IASC Senior Transformative Agenda Implementation Team (STAIT)  has recently launched a new website which offers audio interviews, animations, video interviews, and learnings - based on missions and experiences from the field.

The Whole of Syria (WoS) education partners released the 2010-2015 Syria Education Sector Analysis. The Sector Analysis provides quantitative and qualitative evidence to guide the programmatic response to the education needs of Syrian children. It is delivered in three documents: 1) Syria education sector analysis: The effects of the crisis on education in areas controlled by the Government of Syria, 2010-2015; 2) Syria education sector analysis: The effects of the crisis on education in areas controlled by opposition groups, 2010-2015; 3) an executive summary of both studies.

The Education Commission released its report the Learning Generation, Investing in education for a changing world, a plan to give a quality education for every girl and every boy in every country. The commission also handed out a wake-up call to world leaders at the UN General Assembly, warning that global education is in a critical state and the next generation will be robbed of their future unless reform and major investment happens quickly. Download the full report and executive summary here.
Between 15 March and 15 May 2016, the Education Commission invited a diverse range of organisations and individuals to host consultations sessions to gather inputs into the issues addressed by the Commission. The response was impressive with over 130 consultations conducted. Click here to read the full consultation report.

• During May 2016 World Humanitarian Summit, participants announced thousands of commitments to turn the UN Secretary-General's Agenda for Humanity and its five core responsibilities into reality. The Commitments to Action report provides an analysis of the commitments made as part of the Summit process. it gives an overall picture of the shifts advocated in the Agenda for Humanity that generates the most momentum ad commitments and highlights examples of those commitments.

The new Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report by UNESCO highlights the way that education can serve as a catalyst for the overall sustainable development agenda.  But, if education is to fulfill that potential and meet the current challenges facing the planet, a seismic shift is needed in policy, purpose and practice.

  Released in advance of September 19th UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants, UNICEF report Uprooted: The Growing Crisis for Refugee and Migrant Children includes comprehensive data on migrant and refugee children around the world – where they are born, where they move, and the dangers they face along the way.  

UNHCR report Missing Out: Refugee Education in Crisis today shows that more than half – 3.7 million – of the 6 million school-age children under its mandate have no school to go to.
Some recent videos and articles you should not miss:

How to prioritize when everything is a priority, Global Partnership for Education (24 August)

Lesson 4: School = Somewhere to belong, UNICEF #EmergencyLessons video (5 September)

Conflicts drive 28m children from their homes and put education at risk, A World at School (7 September)

Increasingly complex conflicts with devastating impact on children, UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict Warns General Assembly in annual report, Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Children and Armed Conflict (23 August)

With kind regards,

Education Cluster Unit

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