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Project Proposal Sheet


Proposal Name: Educational Funding for Maids & Staff at Concordian International School Lead/Contact: Tom Johnson Sponsor: Concordian International School Teachers Idea: This project enables a working staff member the opportunity to further his or her higher education. All costs would be covered by the fund created from donations by teachers, administrators, and possibly parents at Concordian International School. The endowment includes the cost of living parallel to the present salary of the sponsored staff. Type of Project: Fund Raising - Promotion of Higher Education benefitting those who might never be enabled. Business Imperative: The needs that are fulfilled operationally through this project are the betterment of our society by creating an opportunity for a direct member of our community. We preach through the Mission Statement that we promote academic excellence while nurturing young people to become moral and intellectual leaders, people of dignity, integrity and compassion, who want to make a difference in the world. In short, this project leads by example through delving in to the difference we can make for an individual, who can subsequently help others in society through new avenues available to them. Those aided could include his or her family and friends. Benefits: Strategically, Concordian International School would implement this project for three reasons: leading by example for students, directly helping others, and benefitting themselves by producing good Public Relations. Costs: General Education Degree (GED) Through: The non-formal education center. Books 300 baht per course x 4 =1200 baht Camping trip 500/each. (Includes food, rent, and transport) Thai transcript is 20 baht and English transcript is100 baht BA or Other Degree Through: Ramkhamhaeng University Academic fee (per credit) 25 / 80 x 90 credits Service fees: Regular semester 150 / 150 Summer session 50 / Special session -/ 100 Living 8000/month x 12 = THB 96000 12000/month x 12 = TBH 144000 LOW 1200 500 20 HIGH 1200 500 GED 100 80x90=7200 150 University 100 ---------------9250 Education Total 144000 Living x 4 ---------------- ----------------

25x90=2250 150 50 ---------------4170 96000 ----------------

388170

585250 TOTAL

Educational Funding for Maids & Staff at Concordian International School Thomas Johnson | ict-design.org

EDU 594 Dr. Tarek Razik

There is an overlapping structure of the duration of schooling. For example, the 4th year of scholarships for a staff member every year will have the maximum costs.
Table 1 Overlapping Cost Schedule
Candidate 1st Year 2nd Year 3rd Year 4th Year 5th Year

1 2 3 4 5

GED 145800

Univ. 146400 GED 145800

Univ. 146400 Univ. 146400 GED 145800

Univ. 146400 Univ. 146400 Univ. 146400 GED 145800 Univ. 146400 Univ. 146400 Univ. 146400 GED 145800

Costs by year 1st Year TBH 145800 2nd Year TBH 292200 3rd Year TBH 438600 4th Year TBH 585000 5th Year TBH 585000 etc. All costs above assume the highest amounts. They do not account for change in cost of tuition or inflation costs. These figures would be adjusted accordingly. NOTE: Ramkhamhaeng University allows for the completion of a degree in an 8-year time. Due to the high cost of allowances for living, this fund policy insists upon the staff member expediting the attainment of their degree. Feature Behavior: By enhancing the life of just one person through the fund made available we are helping to give many more opportunities in working life, especially for higher paid jobs, [as well as giving] the chance to work with and be taught by some of the finest and most knowledgeable people [and we are aiding to enhance] self-study and learning which may or may not [have been] achieved at high school level. (ImportanceofCollegeEducation.com) In the United States of America in 2008 a high school graduate can expect to earn $1.2 million over the course of his or her lifetime versus someone who holds a Bachelors degree holders who would make $2.1 million. (ImportanceofCollegeEducation.com) These statistics are not transferrable to Thailand. However, a demonstrated increase in wealth through education possibly is. Data Needs: This project requires three sets of data needs: (1) teacher willingness, (2) staff acceptability, understanding of the process, and enduringness, and (3) criterion for attainment of the funds.

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Teacher willingness There are approximately 50 teachers on staff. When the fund is running in its fourth year at maximum capacity, a minimal contribution requirement would be 975 baht per month, which is less than 1% of average teacher salaries. This figure accounts for every teacher contributing to the fund, a figure which could be disproportionate if fewer teachers become involved. To offset the amounts, the fund is open to administrator and parent contribution. A survey needs to be completed to account for participation in donation to the fund to calculate exact numbers. Staff Acceptability, understanding and enduringness As mentioned in the Timing/Implementation below, a liaison will be set up to convey the intent of the project scope. Depending upon staff response through notable competition or lack thereof the merit of the fund can be judged. For example, a study can ask how many staff members would be interested in furthering their education if the proceeds were made available. Criterion for attainment of the funds (1) Minimum 2 years working with Concordian International School, (2) non-tarnished working record and a good attendance record. (3) Vote for more than one candidate by staff and teachers, with each vote having the same weight. The voting constituency must be collected from more than 90% of staff and teachers. Votes are based on merit, which is up to individual interpretation of that meaning. Votes need to be collected and calculated by at least one staff member and at least one teacher simultaneously. The voting process is secret ballot, to be registered or dropped at front office, where a security camera is in place to record all transactions. NOTE: Staff members are not asked to fill out a letter of intent or create a written or verbal rationale that explains why they would like to attain the fund. This is because it may inhibit some staff members who possibly do not yet have the skill to do so. Timing/Implementation: The project can be deployed immediately for implementation at the beginning of the 2009-10 school year. Future employees and staff will be surveyed to account for willingness and recognition of the need for the fund. The duration of each project would take place over the course of a year, and would be ongoing with overlapping of projects as seen in Table 1. Below, Figure 1 demonstrates the course of action for implementation, regulation and the continuous cycle of the project.
Figure 1

After teachers sign-up for the donations and the amount required is determined depending upon the number of donators, school administration can set up an automatic transfer of funds from the wages during each pay-period. Along with this course of action, contributions can be attained through donation

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boxes or letters sent to the community which ask for cash or direct deposit into an account set up for the funds. Interested Parties: Benefactors: Staff members Directly benefitting from the fund are staff members who will also be affecting there families or friends for whom they can help financially or empower through a legacy that may be created by their own education. Contributors: Teachers, Administrators, Parents Because of their contributions, the funds will be made possible. The donations may be tax deductable. There is also self-gratification involved knowing that actions are helping others. Administrators and Liaisons Officers of Fund In order for the fund to be developed and kept going, these parties need to be involved to help with finances, communication and the overseeing of the project. They will communicate with staff, teachers, the GED attainment school and the University. The non-formal education center This is a center that allows a person who has not completed high school the opportunity to do so. It works in conjunction with Ramkhamhaeng University which accepts graduates from the program directly into the school. Ramkhamhaeng University This University is Based on the principle of equality of opportunity to all regarding higher education (www.ru.ac.th) It is reasonably priced and recognized as a good education establishment. Concordian International School The school would benefit indirectly from the public awareness given it, due to the charitable nature of the project. Its students would benefit from knowing that everyone is recognized as a worthwhile person deserving of similar opportunities. This project would be another way the school applies its Mission Statement. Success Matrix/Review: Factors that will determine this projects success include acceptance from administration, teachers, staff and the general community. Below is a timeframe review of these metrics. Initially, the school sponsor and administration need to support the project. After these parties have accepted the funding proposal, the teachers need to be formally surveyed to examine their willingness to participate. This would be checked annually to ensure capabilities of the project itself. Every year there may not be a candidate to receive the fund. If this occurs, the monies can be carried over to the following year, with less money asked from the teachers and donating pool. Donations still occur every year since the fund per person lasts 4 years. Informal or formal surveys should be taken yearly from the parents and other communities to determine the recognition value (not monetary value) of the fund, and also to determine if items need to be organized differently to suit needs. The selection process needs to be examined to determine the fairness. After the first vote has taken place, the responders need to be examined through a questionnaire to determine if it is

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working well or if items need to be changed. Candidates should not be allowed to influence others through vote buying1 and would be disqualified if they or anyone on their behalf was found to be doing so. Alternative Action Plan/Contingencies: Other actions to address include: Non-funding, Non-need, Extra money, Staff re-hiring, Staff application reasons, and Conflict. Non-funding Other sources of income can be pursued through active campaigning, should the lack of funding occur from teacher gifts. New pools of money could be generated outside the community of Concordian International School. As well, specific gambling funds could have some of the proceeds donated to the fund, fairs profits could be used to go towards the funds, or extra-earnings from the sale of items could be accrued to help with the sponsorship. Non-need If there is a year where the pool for candidates of the funds is negligible, the funds money allocations are simply transferred to another year and recalculations are made for the monies needed in order to sustain the project. The project purpose itself needs to be examined to determine if the procedure should be taking place at all should a trend occurs where no staff are applying for the fund for two or more years. Given this occurrence, the project may be disbanded, carrying out only to fulfill the obligations to the members who have presently enrolled in school. Extra money This can be carried over to the following year to alleviate the costs asked of the teachers if there is a surplus of funds. Monies may be split and given to other worthwhile causes, which would be determined when this happens with extraneously large donations. Staff re-hiring The staff being educated would need to be replaced since they will be leaving the school for other endeavors. This rehiring process would take place through the business office as per usual means. Staff application reasons People of the community may try to get hired solely for the purpose of attaining the fund if the endowment became widely known. While this could be regarded as undesirable, the drive and desire of such a person should be commended and they should be allowed to attain the fund. A person working for two years at Concordian International School with the hopes of attaining this opportunity should be granted the funds, even if the only purpose of his or her working at CIS were these motives. Check-points, like voting from the staff and teachers, keep the fund regulated in order that occurrences like this do not take place frequently or that more deserving members of staff are not overlooked. Conflict Measures taken against conflicting parties would be dealt with on a case-by-case situation should a quarrel of any kind occur. While the funds purpose is to aid and support dignity, integrity and compassion, monetary funds involved sometimes bring out the worst in people. Should infractions occur, due course would apply as it would for any scenario in the school.

Vote buying could entail actual money for the vote, or special favors being done in order to coerce votes from certain parties. 5