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The program goal is to improve the legal literacy of Russian nongovernmental organizations. With this grant, Legal Team will run a legal education and consultation service in 20 regions aimed at strengthening the capacity of Russian nongovernmental organizations to understand legal requirements, maintain proper documentation, and ensure regulatory compliance. It will also develop and disseminate a digest of frequently asked questions in order to provide easily accessible information on common questions. This experience will allow the grantee to inform the Ministry of Justice of problematic issues in the application of regulations affecting the nonprofit sector. The Moscow-based Legal Team was established in 2012 with a focus on strengthening the legal capacity of the not-for-profit sector in Russia. It emerged from Lawyers for Civil Society, a Russian nonprofit established with support from the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law, and as such will draw on an existing regional network of specialist lawyers with expertise in noncommercial law.
The project goal is to strengthen the development of community schools in Central/Eastern Europe and Russia and beyond. The International Association "Interactive Open Schools" will lead a multinational team to further disseminate community schools' self-assessment standards and practices aimed at improving school performance and student attainment. Partners in ten countries will share best practices in community school development with a growing range of stakeholders. They will conduct research into the educational attainment levels within community schools to demonstrate the effectiveness of the model. They will also provide new assessment materials for use nationally and internationally. In 2011-2013, the partners created a Russian and English language compendium of case studies detailing successful use of the self-assessment tool in changing school management and practice. The program was also expanded to formally include Poland and Mongolia. Established in Bosnia-Herzegovina in 2004, the grantee works to promote school development, democratization of school administration, and cooperation between schools and their local communities.
The program goal is to promote the development of community schools around the world. The International Centre of Excellence for Community Schools will work to raise the profile of community schools among educational authorities, peer organizations and networks, and funders internationally. It will also continue to develop and deliver a range of training and consulting services to help build the capacity of community school support organizations. In its inception phase to 2012, the grantee ran a cycle of Webinars on topical issues in community education. It also led a series of training workshops for international partners on issues including social inclusion and quality standards. It mapped community schools in over 65 countries and identified an informal taxonomy of these schools to assist in better targeting support. Formally registered in 2013, the International Centre of Excellence for Community Schools began as a project of the British educational charity "ContinYou." It seeks to draw on and disseminate the growing and diverse experiences of community schools practice internationally.
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