critical review on the strengths and weaknesses of the proposal on youth leaders training programme for the 21st century

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Introduction “Proposal writing is essential to the fundraising process, but it can be intimidating for the novice (Geever, 2001)”. Here is the critical review on the strengths and weaknesses of the proposal on youth leaders training programme for the 21st century (“the Programme”) in CCC Ming Yin College (“the College”), which is in hopes of obtaining funds from Quality Education Fund of Hong Kong. Prepared by the Student’s Affairs Committee, the proposal set its goal to benefit the majority of the students in the College. In this review, apart from the summary of the proposal, I will first set out the strengths and weaknesses, followed by the conclusion. In short, the proposal was written against a comprehensive background,…show more content…
However they were not able to be deemed as effectives statements as some basic elements were missed. There are six elements in effective statement of need, which are “supporting statistics and facts, hopes to reader, ability to develop a model, acuteness of the need, superiority of the programme over other similar ones, and no circular reasoning” (Geever, 2001). In the proposal, the planner stated that because the HKSAR government put leadership training as top priority, the College should put forward the programme. It is a circular reasoning that the planner did not explain why leadership training is essential in the context of the College, although the details of it were apparently revealed. The programme was of no urgency to be funded, and there was no illustration to the specialties of the Programme. Why should the funder not subsidise students in the College to leadership courses which are well-founded? Although it was claimed that the students were mostly from the mainland or low-income families, it is not reasonable to say they did not have exposure to genuine leadership which argument had no necessary causal relationship. Even if the relationship can be justified with detailed explanation with seamless logical sequence, it would solely be a perceived need, but not a normative need, which is referred to the need they already known (Kettner, et al., 1999). As such, the proposal should have included a

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