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How Do Foundations and Schools Work Side by Side?

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How Do Foundations and Schools Work Side by Side?

Education is often brought up as the game changer when it comes to economic development. It is the way out of poverty. The most basic definition of education is learning and training. When the individual is viewed as a building block; individual improvement will build up towards the improvement of the masses. However, despite this high regard for universal education, not everyone has access to it. A lot of factors come into play: social class, financial situation, systemic bias, and accessibility of schools, and these factors only scratch the surface of the issue.

Charity organizations work towards improving the educational environment, and they often work with a partner institution. Different organizations focus on critical areas, and their partnerships may vary according to their target audience and goal. The following is a short list of the work these organizations do when they partner with schools:

Scholarships

Scholarships are a primary example of aid charity organizations offer partner schools. The organization will raise funds or find patrons to fund scholarships. These scholarships are based on two things. The first is merit, where the student’s grades and extracurricular activities are screened to determine who is deserving. The second is the need, where the student’s financial situation is reviewed, and those who are from the lower brackets are prioritized. Scholarships could also be a mixture of both, where grades and finances have an equal bearing.

The scholarships vary in coverage. Some cover full tuition fees while others are partial. The organization can also opt to create different packages to be able to cater to more students.

Exchange programs

For international organizations like the Patokh Chodiev Foundation, exchange programs are also available. Students have the opportunity to study or intern in foreign countries that also partner with the same organization. This provision is beneficial for students for two reasons. The first being, they are exposed to more: more culture, more people, and more opportunities. The second being, they can apply what they learn in a context where it is relevant. Specialization in specific industries is better in specific countries. It allows the student to use their studies in an environment that is competitively relevant. Another situation where context applies is for those who study in international relations. Culture is best learned through first-hand experience.

Exhibits and events

Partner organizations often host events like exhibits and talks to showcase their advocacy. Besides finding participants for their scholarships and exchange programs in the school, they can find candidates to help further their cause. These events highlight the experience of previous participants as well as expand the conversation on education and culture with case studies and research.

The relationship between the foundation and the school is a symbiotic one. They have the same goal but have different approaches to fulfilling that mission. The gap between the two becomes a link for other schools and other charity organizations. The moments they do intersect, they work hand in hand.

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