Tekano is a leadership development for health equity organisation and one of seven (7) Atlantic Fellows Programmes. It is based in Khayelitsha, Cape Town. It is built upon a commitment to the Bill of Rights enshrined in the Constitution of South Africa and is rooted within the principles of the Alma-Ata Declaration. Its vision is for a more equitable South African society with improved health status across all population and its mission is to foster dynamic, visionary, value-based leaders both individually and in catalytic communities of learning and action who articulate, convey and promote health equity and social change. It achieves its work through an annual Fellowship Programme for social change activists or thinkers from diverse backgrounds and disciplines who have already shown leadership and commitment in addressing the structural and socioeconomic determinants of health inequity.


The Tekano Fellowship is organised around a leadership development framework. Alongside the development of conceptual, relational and practical leadership skills, the key purpose of the Programme is to strengthen the impact of Fellows working on social change initiatives around health equity. Tekano has successfully run two health equity fellowship programmes over 2018- 2020 as part of its incubation period.  During this period much of its learning was done via face-to-face learning interactions, with very limited use of online platforms developed to support learning.  As Tekano prepares for the intake of its third cohort of Fellows, and the first after its incubation phase, it wants to explore an array of other learning platforms, as part of considering whether these would enhance or limit its Fellowship Programme, and how.


The purpose of the consultancy is to investigate various models, approaches and best practice in distance learning, what these bring to the Tekano learning theory, the development of online platforms like Hub and Canvas and to recommend key considerations for the Tekano Fellowship Programme delivery.


  1. To explore who’s doing what as both new initiatives under COVID-19 and as established practice in relation to distance learning, including what is working well and what is not.
  2. To surface a broad spectrum of models and approaches to distance learning across a range of institution and platforms, including but not limited to Universities, popular education institutes and other Atlantic Fellowship Programmes.
  3. To provide a critical analysis of the different models and/approaches and what these mean in relation to Tekano’s theory of learning, critical pedagogy and in the use of engaged methodologies.
  4. To examine how these approaches can build or enhance a more active and engaged Atlantic Institute (AI) Hub and Canvas.
  5. To examine what these mean within the context of surveillance capitalism and what risks and opportunities are presented.
  6. To explore the limitation, possibilities and critical considerations in distance learning for the Tekano Fellowship Programme.
  7. To review the current AI and Tekano communication and information sharing systems and how they are integrated with existing platforms to maximise learning opportunities.


The consultant will have:

  • A shared perspective on Tekano’s approach to learning and its learning theory in particular.
  • An understanding of the social justice sector and/or the development of courses/training within the sector.
  • Exposure to and an understanding of different online learning platforms and how these work.
  • A principled and intrinsic commitment to social justice and an understanding of what it means to develop learning approaches that are experiential, participatory and rooted in decolonial and feminist thinking.
  • A strong work ethic, professionalism, and attention to detail.
  • An ability to start and conclude this process within 6 weeks from an agreed upon date.

The consultant is expected to:


  • Prepare an initial, draft report for a Tekano curriculum development process.
  • Prepare a final report for the Tekano Programmes and Communications Team.
  • As part of their reporting, they will develop a series of possible recommendations and/or options for the Tekano programme delivery.

Should you be interested and able to support these deadlines, kindly send an expression of interest, along with a proposed budget and three work related referees to crystal@tekano.org.za by no later than 7 January 2021.