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Call for Proposals: Education and Resilience for Children and Youth


Syria, 14 July 2016

 

The global objective of this call for proposals is: to improve education and individual development of children and youth and to foster resilience of the Syrian population.

The specific objective(s) of this call for proposals are:

  • Specific objective 1: To enhance attendance in basic education and to improve psycho-social well-being of children most affected by the conflict in opposition-held areas in Syria.

  • Specific objective 2: To improve the skills, resilience and social inclusion of adolescents and young people through education, psycho-social support, community involvement and peace-building dialogue in opposition-held areas in Syria.

  • Specific objective 1: To enhance attendance in basic education and to improve psycho-social well-being of children most affected by the conflict in opposition-held areas in Syria

The focus of this specific objective is on the provision of formal basic education, through full-fledged support to the selected schools or areas: providing safe schooling spaces and the necessary material and equipment, ensuring the availability of trained teachers, offering targeted psycho-social support and recreational activities to the children, and monitoring the quality and adequacy of education. Specific attention will be paid to lifting barriers to attendance and to include vulnerable categories, in particular disabled children. The projects will also offer capacity building and mentoring support to line governance structures.

Expected results:

  • 1a) Quality basic education is provided and attendance to school is ensured

  • 1b) Children receive appropriate psycho-social support

  • 1c) The children and the families receive adequate support and school attendance barriers are lifted

  • 1d) The local administration is involved and a management and monitoring system for the programme is in place and running

Specific objective 2) To improve the skills, resilience and social inclusion of adolescents and young people through education, psycho-social support, community involvement and peace-building dialogue

Even if the conflict is not yet over, a number of actions can still be undertaken now in order to help prepare a peaceful, democratic and inclusive post-conflict environment, in particular by supporting youth. This component will aim at expanding adolescents’ education opportunities by offering secondary education, including formal and non-formal TVET, and to improve the well-being and social inclusion of young people (15-25 years old). A specific attention will be paid to the most vulnerable categories, including disabled or boys and young men who took part in the fighting.

Expected results:

  • 2a) Access to secondary education is provided for boys and girls willing to enrol and having completed the basic education cycles

  • 2b) Vocational education for adolescents and youths is made available

  • 2c) The students and the families receive adequate support to encourage school or training attendance

  • 2d) Psycho-social support in different forms is provided to adolescents and young men and women

  • 2e) Young people are offered volunteering and non-scholastic training and take part in peace-building dialogue

Proposals must address one of the specific objectives above, covering all results. All proposals should clearly demonstrate how the proposed activities respond to needs that are not covered by other actors and that do not overlap with current or planned humanitarian activities. Proposals must explain how they will coordinate with other actors within the sector and in the field during implementation.
Both specific objectives should be implemented through the use of existing schools and facilities to the extent possible and if the security conditions allow. Alternative and flexible solutions will be considered when this is not possible.

Teachers involved in the projects will have at least the minimum qualifications allowing teaching in recognised schools. The project will provide specific training to ensure quality teaching in the specific Syrian context.

If relevant, the proposals should include an explanation on the chosen curriculum and on final exams, with a view to diplomas' recognition and long-term sustainability.

In addition, all proposals must:

  • Fully integrate gender and disability aspects into the proposal's' objectives, activities and objectively verifiable indicators (OVIs).

  • Clearly demonstrate how they will be able to implement the proposed activities given the current security situation in Syria and what further risk mitigation measures they propose.

  • Clearly define the targeted beneficiaries; describe how the beneficiaries will be selected; and define the expected results and how these will be measured and monitored.

  • Clearly describe the role of the Syrian NGOs as co-implementers of the actions.

  • Demonstrate how the do-not-harm principle will be implemented.

Please see section 2.1.4 for an indicative list of the types of activities envisaged.

This call for proposals is divided into two separate lots:

  • Lot 1: Applicants must propose actions aiming at the specific objective 1 of the call for proposals.

  • Lot 2: Applicants must propose actions aiming at the specific objective 2 of the call for proposals.

Financial allocation provided by the contracting authority

The overall indicative amount made available under this call for proposals is EUR 10,000,000. The Contracting Authority reserves the right not to award all available funds.

 

Submission Deadline: 26 September 2016

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