Giving

This section is reserved for subsequent releases of the portal to allow alumni to give back to the school. This is a more serious undertaking requiring more deliberation and thought. However, for practical reasons, the first release of the portal has not prioritised this functionality.
A few points are briefly presented here with the aim of sharing some early thinking. These have to be shaped together with school authorities and the PTA.

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Key areas of work in future releases:
- establish transparency (where are the funds going? what results can we see?)
- make it easy and cost-effective to give (exploit tax-rebate schemes; countries have different policies requiring establishing a "local chapter" of the ex-student association)
- establish practical criteria to assist in prioritising the different causes/projects (who decides?)

Functionality for later releases
Using this online payment gateway you can

  1. Pay Alumni Membership dues
  2. Make a Donation
  3. Make a Pledge
  4. Present a gift
    (Use electronic technologies like Paypal for credit-card donations)

Causes:

  1. School (academic) improvement projects - Improving facilities for computer lab, science lab, library, gymnasium and sports facilities
  2. School (infrastructure) improvement projects - Improving sanitation & hygeine, Safety and security
  3. Support the existing schemes for taking care of retired teachers and staff (health-care / insurance, pension-augmentation scheme etc)
  4. Faculty development fund - Work with PTA to promote mechanisms for development and growth and hence attracting the best teachers (teacher exchange programme - visits or residency)
  5. Education fund for deserving students who are economically challenged
  6. Student collaboration - Virtual exchanges or Student exchange programmes
  7. Societal projects together with other local organisations

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