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    ENGLISH TEACHING
     
    The program is addressed to schools, teachers, local leaders and non-governmental organizations. Through training and grant competitions, it supports efforts aimed at improving the quality of English language teaching to children and youth from small towns and rural areas. As part of the program, the annual nationwide meetings for English teachers are held. The most active of those teachers – the Ambassadors of the Program – have a chance to implement their own projects. They also promote the program ...
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The “Nida” Development Foundation
    3 Rzemieślnicza St., 13-100 Nidzica
    tel. (48 89) 625-36-51, tel./fax (48 89) 625-36-62
    e-mail: j.kowalczyk@nida.pl

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    English Teaching Educational Support Package
    English Teaching Educational Support Package
    Due to the difficult pandemic situation in Poland which induced certain changes in educational ...
    EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES
     
    A system of support for local initiatives aimed at equalizing educational opportunities for comprehensive development of children and youth from small towns and rural areas. The program consists of cyclical grant competitions as well as training and regional forums allowing to exchange experiences between NGOs and other entities involved in projects educating and training the children and youth.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Polish Children and Youth Foundation
    6 Kredytowa St. Ap. 20, 00-062 Warsaw
    tel./fax (48 22) 826-10-16
    e-mail: rownacszanse@pcyf.org.pl

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    They are 3D printing – and counteracting the pandemic
    They are 3D printing – and counteracting the pandemic
    An excellent example of how some of the projects implemented as part of PAFF programs during ...
    THE LEARNING SCHOOLS (LES)
     
    The purpose of this program is to improve the quality of Polish education through the use of the best foreign models. It promotes cooperation in teachers’ teams, self-evaluation, and improved teaching and assessment methods. Schools develop organizational solutions best suited to their environment, monitor the outcomes of their activities and share best practices. Under the program, post-graduate studies for school principals and interactive Internet courses for teachers are provided. Particular ...
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Center for Citizenship Education Foundation
    10 Noakowskiego St. Ap. 1, 00-666 Warsaw
    tel. (48 22) 875-85-40, fax (48 22) 875-85-40 int. 102
    e-mail: ceo@ceo.org.pl

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    How NGOs support distance learning
    How NGOs support distance learning
    Polish educational system has faced a challenge related to COVID-19 pandemic and closure of ...
    PAFF AND UW SCHOOL OF EDUCATION
     
    The objective of the program, implemented jointly with the University of Warsaw, is to prepare candidates to teacher profession. At present, this one-year postgraduate full-time studies that closely combines theory with practice are addressed to graduates of MA/MSc studies in Polish language, math, biology and history. The innovative curriculum was developed in cooperation with Teachers College, Columbia University, New York.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Foundation for Quality Education
    ul. Banacha 2C, 02-097 Warszawa
    tel. (22) 55 43 790, (22) 55 43 789
    e-mail: kontakt@szkolaedukacji.pl

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    PAFF and UW School of Education graduates received their diplomas
    PAFF and UW School of Education graduates received their diplomas
    The School of Education of the Polish-American Freedom Foundation and the University of Warsaw ...
    PROJECTOR - STUDENT VOLUNTEERS
     
    The idea behind this program is to tap into the intellectual potential and energy of university students in order to promote active people and equal educational opportunities for children and youth from small localities. This is achieved by having groups of student-volunteers carry out educational projects at schools during their free time.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Educational Enterprise Foundation
    ul. Marii Curie Skłodowskiej 3/2.32
    20-029 Lublin
    e-mail: biuro@projektor.org.pl
    tel: (81) 534 78 93
    800 444 131

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    “Edit Distance Knowledge” – the initiative summing up
    “Edit Distance Knowledge” – the initiative summing up
    Student  volunteers active in the “PROJECTOR” Program decided to free parents who work at home ...
    BRIDGE SCHOLARSHIPS
     
    A joint undertaking by NGOs, public institutions and firms, addressed to talented high-school graduates from rural areas and small towns, that enables them to receive scholarships for their first year of academic study. Scholarship holders who do very well in their academic pursuits have also a chance to obtain assistance for subsequent years of study: for the second year (the “Top Student” competition), corporate scholarships for the third and fourth year, scholarships through the Study Abroad initiative ...
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Educational Enterprise Foundation
    27/29 Sterlinga St., 90-212 Lodz
    tel. (48 42) 632-59-91, 631-95-58, fax (48 42) 630-27-81
    e-mail: fep@fep.lodz.pl

    Polish-American Internship Initiative: www.paii.pl

    The Good Network Foundation (“My Scholarship” and “e-volunteering”)
    ul. Marszałkowska 6/17, 00-590 Warszawa
    tel. (22) 825 70 22
    e-mail: biuro@dobrasiec.org
    www.dobrasiec.org

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    New round of Bridge Scholarships
    New round of Bridge Scholarships
    June 8, 2020   Preparations for the 19th round of the Bridge Scholarships Program are ...
    THIRD AGE UNIVERSITIES (TAU)
     
    The objective of this program is to stimulate social energy of the senior citizens. It is carried out at two different levels: the Seniors in Action grant competition, under which senior citizens come up with an idea and carry out projects for the benefit of their local communities and intergenerational integration as well as support for the Third Age Universities through training opportunities and mini-grants for cyclical activities promoting volunteering.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Association of the Creative Initiatives "ę"
    55 Mokotowska St., 00-542 Warszawa
    tel. (4822) 396-55-16
    e-mail: listy@seniorzywakcji.pl

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    Seniors for local communities
    Seniors for local communities
    The fifth round of TAU for Local Communities project is on. The project is implemented under ...
    SUPPORT FOR NGOS
     
    An information and support system for Polish NGOs and civic initiatives. It includes the Non-Governmental Organizations’ Portal www.ngo.pl, the free Infoline 801-646-719, a database of organizations and institutions and the “Third Sector” quarterly. The program also offers training, counseling and publications on NGO management (“FIMANGO”, “PROMENGO” and Kursodrom.pl platform). Furthermore, it supports non-governmental organizations with information and advocacy efforts designed to help them effectively ...
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    „MIS@NGO”: The Klon/Jawor Association
    5 Szpitalna St. Ap. 5, 00-031 Warsaw
    Info-line (48) 801-646-719, fax (48 22) 828-91-29
    e-mail: klon@klon.org.pl
    Non-governmental Organization's Portal: www.ngo.pl
    www.eu.ngo.pl

    "FIMANGO": The Civil Society Development Foundation
    6 Kłopotowskiego St., Apt. 59/60, 03-717 Warsaw
    tel.(48 22) 616-33-16, fax (48 22) 616-32-46,
    e-mail: fimango@frso.pl

    “NGO Training”: The Academy of Civic Organizations Foundation
    ul. Królowej Marysieńki 48
    02-954 Warszawa
    tel. (22) 550 28 10
    e-mail: faoo@faoo.pl
    www.kursodrom.pl

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    New image of ngo.pl portal
    New image of ngo.pl portal
    Clear and understandable, intuitively navigated, with content presented in attractive form, ...
    ACT LOCALLY
     
    The grant competitions organized by the network of Act Locally Centers (ALC) lend support to various initiatives of non-governmental organizations and informal groups that activate communities of small towns, foster developmental aspirations, contribute to building the social capital and in consequence improve the quality of life. The undertaken activities are founded on cooperation of various partners. They respond to specific needs of a given community, improve the quality of life and, in the long ...
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Academy for the Development of Philantropy in Poland
    6 Marszałkowska St. Ap. 6, 00-590 Warsaw
    tel. (48 22) 622-01-22, fax (48 22) 622-02-11
    e-mail: arfp@filantropia.org.pl

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    Institutional Support Fund for Act Locally Centers
    Institutional Support Fund for Act Locally Centers
    The “Act Locally” Program has launched institutional support for Act Locally Centers which ...
    SECTOR 3.0
     
    The aim of the program is to broaden knowledge and skills of non-governmental organizations’ employees and activists in practical use of modern information and communication technologies. The program comprises several components: informational, which is implemented through the website and the blog; promotional, under which the Sector 3.0 Festivals and meetings in the TechClub network are cyclically held; consultative, which lends support through training and consultations provided by ICT Mobile Advisors; ...
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Information Society Development Foundation
    ul. Kopernika 17, 00-359 Warszawa
    tel.: (48 22) 123 90 20
    Contact person: Dawid Szarański
    mobile: +48 530-69-11-99

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    Sector 3.0 Award for Virtual Dream
    Sector 3.0 Award for Virtual Dream
    This year’s Sector 3.0 PAFF Award worth PLN 40,000 was received by the founder of the Virtual ...
    PAFF LEADERS
     
    The objective of this program is to support the development of skills and qualifications of individuals working for the benefit of their communities. The program, implemented with the use of tutoring method, is addressed first of all to active participants in projects financed by the Polish-American Freedom Foundation. The leaders take part in a series of training sessions and customized support. The offer for the program alumni, aimed at further improvement of their leadership skills, allows them ...
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The School for Leaders Foundation
    12A Wiejska St., 00-490 Warsaw
    tel. (4822) 556-82-50, (4822) 556-82-54, fax (4822) 556-82-51
    e-mail: liderzy@szkola-liderow.pl

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    12 reportages on people who have social activity in their blood
    12 reportages on people who have social activity in their blood
    On March 11, “Przewiew. 12 historii otwartych”, a collection of reportages on people who are ...
    PRO PUBLICO BONO
     
    The Competition for the Best Civil Initiative was launched in 1999 by Prime Minister Jerzy Buzek. Since 2000, the Polish-American Freedom Foundation had funded the prizes awarded in the Competition. Under the program, the Foundation presently supports the Bolesław Wierzbiański Competition for local newspapers, and the annual Civic Congress held in Warsaw.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The „Pro Publico Bono” Competition Foundation (2000-2014)
    The Local Press Association

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    “Gazeta Jarocińska” won the Bolesław Wierzbiański Award
    “Gazeta Jarocińska” won the Bolesław Wierzbiański Award
    The ceremony of announcing the Local Press Association competition results and presenting the ...
    LIBRARY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
     
    Under the program implemented till April 2015 by the partnership of PAFF and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, almost 4,000 public libraries in municipalities and rural communes with population of up to 20,000 inhabitants had been supported in their transformation into multifunctional centers which provide access to information, culture and education, and at the same time stimulate active citizenship. Presently, the program results are enhanced with activities aimed at development of librarians’ ...
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Information Society Development Foundation
    ul. Kopernika 17, 00-359 Warszawa
    tel.: (48 22) 123 90 20

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    “Different. Equal. Important” – Jubilee Library Congress
    “Different. Equal. Important” – Jubilee Library Congress
    On November 26 and 27, librarians who came from all over Poland discussed various social groups’ ...
    PAFF LOCAL PARTNERSHIPS
     
    The purpose of the program is to initiate and develop cooperation among beneficiaries of various PAFF programs who establish Local Partnerships and involve other local organizations and institutions, as well as entrepreneurs, self-government bodies, and media into implementation of partnership projects responding to diagnosed local community needs. Their activities, using the method of animating local communities worked out in the program, contribute to consolidation of the social capital through ...
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Academy for the Development of Philanthropy in Poland
    ul. Marszałkowska 6/6, 00-590 Warszawa
    tel. (22) 622-01-22, fax (22) 622-02-11

    News
     
    Tutorial for Initiative Groups has started
    Tutorial for Initiative Groups has started
    On June 4, a virtual meeting opening the tutorial process under the 7th round of the “PAFF ...
    LANE KIRKLAND SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
     
    A scholarship program for young leaders from Eastern Europe as well as the South Caucasus and Central Asia. Through the two-semester post-graduate studies at Polish universities and internships, they have an opportunity to learn about Poland’s transformation experience and integration with the European Union.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Leaders of Change Foundation
    Al. Jerozolimskie 133 lok. 56
    02-304 Warszawa
    Program Director: Urszula Sobiecka
    tel. (48) 504-103-904

    News
     
    End of the jubilee Kirkland Program year
    End of the jubilee Kirkland Program year
    On June 22-25, school year-end ceremonies for scholarship holders of the twentieth round of ...
    REGION IN TRANSITION (RITA)
     
    This program supports initiatives of Polish non-governmental organizations involved in sharing Poland’s experience in various aspects of transformation and the development of cooperation with partners in Eastern Europe, the South Caucasus and Central Asia. The program includes grant competitions, training opportunities and experts’ support, as well as assistance in establishment and development of cooperation with foreign partners.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Education for Democracy Foundation
    9/11 Nowolipie St., 00-150 Warsaw
    e-mail: rita@fed.org.pl

    News
     
    Ambassadors of Transition in the Region met in Łódź
    Ambassadors of Transition in the Region met in Łódź
    The representatives of non-governmental organizations cooperating with partners from Eastern ...
    STUDY TOURS TO POLAND (STP)
     
    The study tours to Poland, implemented since 2004, are to show the realities of Poland and the European Union to active citizens of East European countries, in particular student leaders from Ukraine, Belarus, Russia and Moldova and professionals from countries of the region. During their visit to Poland, the foreign visitors meet representatives of public life, academic and business circles, they learn about NGOs’ activities as well as operation of central institutions and local governments. They ...
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Leaders of Change Foundation
    Al. Jerozolimskie 133 lok. 56
    02-304 Warszawa
    e-mail: stp@studytours.pl

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    Warsaw Euro-Atlantic Summer Academy (WEASA) – apply now!
    Warsaw Euro-Atlantic Summer Academy (WEASA) – apply now!
    The recruitment to the 8th round of Warsaw Euro-Atlantic Summer Academy has been launched. ...
     
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    Development of Local Communities
    LIBRARY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
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    $31 million
    grant of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
    $18 million
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    3,808
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    10,000
    librarians have been trained
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      grant of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
    • $18 million
      value of the computer software donated by Microsoft
    • 3,808
      libraries
    • 10,000
      librarians have been trained
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    Development of Local Communities
    LIBRARY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

    The program was addressed to public libraries and their branches in rural communes, rural-and-municipal communes, and towns of up to 20,000 residents. Its objective was to assist transforming libraries into modern, multi-function information, cultural and educational centers that would stimulate civic activity. An important part of the program was strengthening librarians’ competence and prestige of their profession. Thanks to the assistance received by nearly 4,000 libraries, residents of small localities gained an opportunity to improve their quality of life.

    The Program was financed by $31 million grant made available to PAFF by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Microsoft donated to the libraries computer software worth an estimated $18 million. The implementation of the program in cooperation with the Gates Foundation ended in March 2015.

    Until April 2015, the program had been carried out by Polish-American Freedom Foundation in partnership with Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. It was part of Global Libraries a broader project the Gates Foundation created partnerships in selected countries to provide citizens with free access to information and communication technologies via a network of public libraries.

    In 2008, PAFF established the Information Society Development Foundation and in cooperation with it prepared a detailed plan of supporting Polish libraries, among other things by way of providing them with computer hardware and software, as well as offering training opportunities for librarians. PAFF also signed a cooperation agreement with the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage which launched a long-term program called Library+ implemented by the Book Institute. The objectives of both initiatives were similar the Foundation and the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage were shaping their activities in such a way that they could reinforce and complement each other.

    The implementation of the program started in 2009. The recruitment process was carried out in a competition run in three rounds. As many as 1,873 libraries qualified for the first round. In the second round of the program, implemented in 2011, another group of 1,454 libraries participated. In 2013, recruitment to the third round was carried out. The program covered a total of 3,808 libraries in over 1,250 communes and municipalities, that is almost 60 percent of all Polish libraries in rural areas and small towns.

    The program participants received content-related support in form of various training courses (such as library activities planning workshops, IT training and specialist training in further development of libraries profiling so that they could meet the needs of their local communities) and technical assistance in form of modern computer equipment (including computers, laptops, tablets, multifunctional devices, printers, projectors and digital cameras) as well as software contributed for free by Microsoft. Libraries had also an opportunity to apply for grants for financing activities included in the libraries’ development plans, which allowed them to extend their offer with e.g. computer and Internet courses, meetings with interesting people, or exhibitions. Additionally they could receive grants for organizing meetings of cooperating institutions to integrate local librarians’ environment and share experience.

    The program got support from the National Partnership for Library Development composed of more than hundred representatives of the world of science, art, economy, the media, politics and the non-governmental sector. Additionally, Information Society Development Foundation signed with authorities of all 16 provinces  in Poland regional agreements on promotion of the idea of public libraries modernization in villages and small towns. The partnerships for library development were also set up at the rural commune and municipality level. They are of an open character: in addition to local-governments other institutions important to social life at the local level may participate, such as schools, non-governmental organizations, businesses, mass media, and local leaders.

    Libraries were also promoted in social campaigns such as “Library. A Place of Reading. A Place of Activity” campaign, or “Let’s Meet in the Library” Internet competition, as well as an annual  all-Poland public convention of libraries held since 2010, each time participated by over 400 people coming mainly from villages and small towns. Developed is also the LABiB initiative covering a network of a few dozen librarian-innovators who use a social portal to popularize good practices in activities held at libraries.

    Also, non-profit organizations such as the Center for Citizenship Education Foundation, the KARTA Center Foundation, the Comenius Foundation for Child Development and the Association of Creative Initiatives “ę” took up initiatives supporting libraries. They prepared the offer of cooperation that extended the scope of services provided by libraries. Library Development Program included also projects aimed at strengthening the entire library system, e.g. through cooperation with the National Library, voivodship public libraries and the Association of Polish Librarians.

    In 2009 the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, the Ministry of Administration and Digitization, Information Society Development Foundation and Orange Polska concluded an agreement on connecting libraries to the Internet, under which Orange Polska committed to provide all Polish public libraries with free Internet access via wire or wireless system and exempt them from subscription fees. In 2012 the agreement was extended for another three-year period. Approximately 3,500 libraries benefited from the offer.

    In 2012, Information Society Development Foundation was presented by the European Commission with the E-Inclusion Award 2012  for implementation of Library Development Program  in a competition promoting good practices in use of modern IT and communication technologies and counteracting digital exclusion.

    After three years of the program’s implementation, the Unit for Social Innovation and Research “Shipyard” Foundation conducted quantitative and qualitative studies in communes and municipalities covered by the program in order to examine benefits Poles had from library use. The study results were presented in the “What Do Poles Need Libraries For?” report. The impact of the program was also analyzed on the basis of data provided by the Central Statistical Office. The results showed that more and more libraries are playing the role of “a third place” friendly and open to everybody. And that libraries are also the place where everybody can access new technologies.

    Today, support for libraries in villages and small towns is continued as part of the strategy aimed at strengthening sustainability of the effects of Library Development Program’s main stage. The objective is to reinforce changes in functioning of public libraries so that they can contribute even more to development of local communities, and further popularize modern information and communication technologies that facilitate access of village or small town residents to information, knowledge, culture and education, while taking into account the need of critical thinking while using digital media,  and stimulate civil activity. The program enhances the position of libraries as institutions offering opportunities of social counselling in various forms and engaging residents in solving problems important for their communities. To strengthen institutional potential of libraries, the program continues developing the librarians’ competence and building their prestige.

    At present, activities under the program include training sessions and e-learning courses for librarians and their local partners; grants for improvement of technological capabilities of selected libraries; support for networking and cooperation aimed at local community development as well as establishing and developing innovation incubators based on the library infrastructure.

    The Foundation has disbursed $5.448.902, including $687.193 for the current edition of the program.

    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Information Society Development Foundation
    ul. Kopernika 17, 00-359 Warszawa
    tel.: (48 22) 123 90 20

    Person responsible within the PAFF:
    Joanna LempartProgram Director
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