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The Education Cluster is an open formal forum for coordination and collaboration on education in humanitarian crises. The Education Cluster brings together NGOs, UN agencies, academics, and other partners under the shared goal of ensuring predictable, well coordinated and equitable provision of education for populations affected by humanitarian crises.

Established in 2007 by the IASC as part of the cluster approach, the Education Cluster works to uphold education as a basic human right and core component of humanitarian response. The Education Cluster is the only cluster co-led at global level by a UN agency and a NGO: UNICEF and Save the Children.

The ECU staff work to support country clusters, providing support and guidance and managing the deployments of the Rapid Response Team. ECU staff can be deployed during large-scale, sudden onset emergencies when necessary and they regularly travel to provide technical assistance and training.

The ECU also plays a major role in representing the Education Cluster in various humanitarian events and meetings in Geneva and around the world; advocating for the right to education for those affected by humanitarian emergencies.

Learn more about the Education Cluster.

Contact us

We welcome comments, feedback and questions relating to coordination of education in humanitarian situations.

To contact an Education Cluster at a country level, visit the Where We Work section and click on the interactive map to access the national Cluster Coordinator’s contact details. For general queries please email us at:

To contact the Global Education Cluster with questions or comments, please use the following email address: