Welcome ! Education Cluster in Bangladesh

Bangladesh is categorised as one of the most disaster prone and climate vulnerable countries in the world but has also become known for its innovations in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) at the national, local, and community levels. Globally, the concept of disaster management has seen a shift away from response to risk reduction and preparedness, with international mechanisms such as the Hyogo Framework of Action (HFA) supporting such a framing. Hazards in Bangladesh however continue to increase in both intensity and frequency with children often bearing the brunt of these crises.

As a result, the need to develop an open and formal forum that is both a coordinating and collaborative body and has the responsibility of coordinating DRR and Emergency Response (ER) initiatives across the Education sector led to the creation of the Education Cluster. The cluster was then formally endorsed by the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief (MoDMR) of Bangladesh.

The Education cluster is co-led by UNICEF and Save the Children and is supported by a number of other stakeholders working in the education and disaster risk management fields.

This coordination mechanism aims at ensuring that education of children is restored at the earliest possible opportunity and that agency responses are coordinated, coherent, effective and avoid duplication and gaps. Moreover, it works towards building a comprehensive capacity building programme that supports disaster risk reduction activities and initiatives at both the national and local level.

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