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Terms of Reference - Conduct Training of Gender Based Violence for the Department of Basic Education

Request for Tender


Not so long ago, South Africa was a pariah state, with very scant regard for fundamental human rights and those designated in the lower rungs of the social stratum endured discrimination on a variety of grounds, including race, gender, religion, and sexual orientation. While a lot of effort has gone into dealing with the many axes of inequality, discrimination on the basis of gender continues unabated and given the strongly entrenched patriarchal apparatus as part of the social fabric, there has been phenomenal increase in incidents of Gender-Based Violence (GBV). Government has now created an Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) to look at the root causes of the extreme nature of violence against women (and children) and concrete ways to tackle the scourge.

In the education sector however, there has been recognition of this scourge as a problem and one that poses a serious threat to effective teaching and learning in our schools. In that regard, the then Department of Education commissioned work that culminated in the publication of Opening Our Eyes: Addressing Gender-Based Violence in South African Schools. The publication targeted educators and acted as an assistive tool in how educators can effectively address GBV as key stakeholders in education, given their closer proximity to learners. The manual covered a whole range of areas such as strategies for working with learners on sexual harassment, violence and discrimination against Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) lesbians and gays, teachers as agents for facilitating healing and school policy on sexual harassment. Even though this manual was developed a while ago there has been little progress with regard to the cascading of the training to district level within the Education sector.

Request for Tender

Purpose of the assignment:

Based on the above given information the Department of Basic Education in close collaboration with UNICEF is currently looking for an experienced service provider who has a track record of conducting training with special focus on GBV. The contract will be for the duration of at least fourteen (14) months and the training will be conducted in all education districts in the nine (9) provinces. The idea is to use the approved GBV manual "Opening our Eyes" to train 2 580 Master Trainers who will in turn train at least 77 400 educators including School Governing Bodies and Representative Councils of Learners (RCLs).

Proposals are called from service providers in the field who will be able to complete the assignment

Full proposals must be submitted in ENGLISH and must be received by no later than 26 September 2013 at 12.00. Proposals may ONLY be submitted electronically to saf-ppc@unicef.org

Download the full Request for Proposal document [PDF] or request from Ms Linda Mafa, Senior Procurement Assistant, BNLSS Procurement Centre, UNICEF South Africa at e-mail: lmafa@unicef.org

Only written enquiries will be entertained.





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