Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
Education in Syria is in crisis. 5.8 million children are in need of education assistance. At least 2.08 million children are out of school and 1.35 million more are at risk of dropping out. Syria has lost 150,000 of its teachers and one in three schools have been damaged or destroyed. Since the beginning of the conflict, there have been 347 verified attacks on education; 309 on schools and 38 on education personnel. Despite this, demand for education inside Syria remains strong. The humanitarian response and the work of education authorities to deliver safe, quality, inclusive education has contributed to an increase in enrollment.
To address the needs of children across Syria, the Whole of Syria (WoS) approach was established in 2014, following UN Security Council Resolution 2139, which allowed cross-border operations from Turkey and Jordan into the North and South of Syria. The WoS coordination architecture, led by the UN Office from Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), was established to ensure strategic and operational coherence in the delivery of humanitarian assistance by a variety of different stakeholders, coordinated mainly through hubs and a working group:
The Damascus Hub intervening into both government- and opposition-controlled areas (the latter through cross-line work) predominantly through UN agencies, SARC (Syrian Arab Red Crescent) and international and Syrian NGOs;
The Gaziantep (Turkey) Hub and Northeast Education working group (NES) intervening into opposition-controlled areas in the North and South of Syria predominantly through international and Syrian NGOs with support from the UN. The Syrian NGO membership in these Hubs is vetted to ensure humanitarian non-political and non-military functions.
Education Cannot Wait (ECW) Secretariat, based on New York funded a 2-year programme “Strengthening the education system inside Syria towards sustainable delivery of equitable, quality and protective education services for all children” which aims to provide a strategic approach to address the severe and complex education needs inside Syria through three outcomes:
At the heart of the ECW Syria programme lies a vision of catalyzing education sector-wide improvements, strengthening the coherence and effectiveness of the education sector, and enhancing coordination between humanitarian, development and stabilization efforts, as well as dialogue between all actors involved in providing access to quality education for children inside Syria.
The education team of the Whole of Syria (WoS) together with Syria Education Development Partners’ Group (DPG) constituted an Education Dialogue Forum (EDF) in early 2017 within the framework of the ECW-funded Syria education programme. Prior to this, the engagement between humanitarian, stabilisation and development actors had no joint official coordination fora. The DPG is comprised of eight major donors, including the UK, EU and US, supporting stabilization and humanitarian efforts in Syria. DFID established this group in May 2016 with the aim of better coordinating donor funding to education in Syria. It has catalysed improved coherence across major funding streams.
The Syria Education Dialogue Forum (EDF) as a strategic forum that supports bridging the nexus between humanitarian and development investment inside Syria and providing a space for collaboration among these international stakeholders. The EDF aims at facilitating the realization of this vision while addressing key strategic policy and technical issues in education. EDF meets bi-annually and is attended by the WoS, DPG and regional UN agency representatives. Effective collaboration of this kind, goes beyond information-sharing and reporting; it includes collaboration on research and analysis, joint or coordinated programming, and joint assessment of performance and progress. This has the potential to demonstrate the convening power and ambition of ECW in one of the world’s most severe protracted crises.
OBJECTIVE: The objective of the assignment is to provide a high quality report on the 6th Syria Education Dialogue Forum (EDF).
DESCRIPTION OF ASSIGNMENT:
Education: Advanced degree in education, communication or related field including social science