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Terms of Reference (TOR) for Consultants – Resource Development on Disability Inclusion in Higher Education

The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program with Light for the World, its Disability Inclusion partner

Application due date : 27 September 2021


Background on the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program

Mastercard Foundation is a global foundation based across four hubs in Kigali (Rwanda), Nairobi (Kenya), Accra (Ghana) and Toronto (Canada). The Foundation’s programs promote financial inclusion and advance education and learning in Africa, primarily for young people, and in Canada for indigenous youth.

The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program allows students whose talent and promise exceed their financial resources to complete their education. Its key assumption is that all young people, no matter their starting point in life, should have the opportunity to obtain quality education, gain dignified and fulfilling work, and pursue their aspirations. With a vision that education is a catalyst for social and economic change, the Program provides Scholars with financial, social, and academic support and focuses on developing leaders who are transformative, encouraging them to be active contributors in their communities. The goal is to develop a network of transformative leaders driving inclusive and equitable socio-economic transformation in Africa.

The Program is implemented by a global network of 27 high-quality university and non-governmental organization partners and is currently embarking on an expansion.  The implementation of the Program is organized around four main phases: Recruit, Educate, Prepare and Transition.

Disability Inclusion in the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program

The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program is currently in an expansion phase, targeting the enrolment of an additional 15,000 tertiary level scholars, with a focus on women, displaced youth, and young people with disabilities. This phase also includes a focus on successful transition to the world of work, as well as fostering the development of transformational leadership skills in the “scholars”.

The Scholars Program in this phase will recruit, educate, prepare and transition 1,500 young people with disabilities in Africa by 2030. Although disability inclusion is relatively new to the Foundation, the Scholars Program team and most of its partners, there is a motivated and capable team in place that is committed to ensure that scholars with disabilities can participate fully; are economically self-reliant post scholarship; and become change-makers and role models in their communities and beyond.

This asks for creative changes in the Scholars Program, backed with supportive resources and tools, and knowledge and skills within the team to be able to guide partners on the road to inclusion.

Background on Light for the World

Light for the World is a global disability and development organisation aiming to contribute to an inclusive society where no one is left behind. Our mission is to contribute to a world in which persons with disabilities fully exercise their rights in line with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and Sustainable Development Goals. Persons with disabilities living in poverty are amongst the most excluded groups in society. They are at the centre of our work and they drive the change.

Light for the World, as the Disability Inclusion partner for the Scholars Program, will support the Program’s expansion to reach youth with disabilities as well as the wider inclusion agenda within the Program – which also encompasses inclusion of female scholars and those from displaced populations, working closely together with other technical partners such as World University Service Canada (WUSC). The scope of work involves development of tools and resources, delivering trainings, and providing technical support on disability inclusion for the Scholars Program partners.

Purpose of the assignment

As part of the development of tools and resources on disability inclusion and the provision of technical support, Light for the World has identified the need to have external specialists on aspects of disability inclusion. These specialists will provide tailored support on areas of need identified by Scholars Program partners and support building resources for the online learning environment known as Capable. This online environment present resources, tools, and blended learning content for Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program staff and partners.

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