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    ENGLISH TEACHING
     
    The program is addressed to schools, teachers 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 teachers – the “Ambassadors of the Program” – have a chance to implement their own projects. They also promote the program and teachers’ networking.
    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: et@nida.pl

    News
     
    “English Teaching” awarded European Language Label
    “English Teaching” awarded European Language Label
    The “English Teaching” Program founded by the Polish-American ...
    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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    “Equal Opportunities 2017” – Regional Grant Competition
    “Equal Opportunities 2017” – Regional Grant Competition
    The Polish Children and Youth Foundation has announced ...
    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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    7th All-Poland School with Class Festival
    7th All-Poland School with Class Festival
    7th All-Poland School with Class Festival was held ...
    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 and math. The innovative curriculum was developed in cooperation with Teachers College, Columbia University.
    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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    New academic year at the PAFF and UW School of Education
    New academic year at the PAFF and UW School of Education
    On August 21, 2017, the ceremony of 2017/18 academic ...
    PROJECTOR - STUDENT VOLUNTEERS
     
    The idea behind this program is to tap into the intellectual potential and activities of university students in order to help create 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

    News
     
    “PROJECTOR – Student Volunteers” has a new Program Manager
    “PROJECTOR – Student Volunteers” has a new Program Manager
    Following the agreement between the Polish-American ...
    BRIDGE SCHOLARSHIPS
     
    A joint undertaking by various organizations 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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    Student summer internships 2018 in the USA
    Student summer internships 2018 in the USA
    The recruitment for student summer internships in renowned ...
    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 volunteering activities.
    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

    News
     
    10 years of the „Seniors in Action” competition
    10 years of the „Seniors in Action” competition
    The 10th round of the „Seniors in Action” competition ...
    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, the "Citizen and Law" website and the “Third Sector” quarterly, published by the Institute of Public Affairs. The program also offers training, counseling and publications on NGO management (“FIMANGO”, “PROMENGO” and Kursodrom.pl platform). Furthermore, it supports non-governmental organizations ...
    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

    “Citizen and Law”: The Institute of Public Affairs
    ul. Szpitalna 5/22, 00-031 Warszawa
    tel. (22) 556-42-60, fax (22) 556-42-62
    e-mail: isp@isp.org.pl
    www.obywateliprawo.isp.org.pl

    News
     
    The 4th edition of “PROMENGO” is on
    The 4th edition of “PROMENGO” is on
    On February 2, 2017, a lecture given by Prof. Andrzej ...
    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 and villages, foster developmental aspirations, contribute to building the social capital and in consequence improve the quality of life. Successive ALCs are selected through a competition. The Foundation also supports the “Benefactor of the Year” competition which promotes the social involvement ...
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Academy for the Development of Philantrophy 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

    News
     
    Enrollment to the Affiliated Act Locally Centers Network is on
    Enrollment to the Affiliated Act Locally Centers Network is on
    The ALC Network will soon be extended with new Affiliated ...
    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: educational, which is implemented through the Internet networking site; promotional, under which the „Sector 3.0” conferences and meetings in the TechClub network are cyclically held; consultative, which lends support through training and consultations provided by the so-called ...
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Information Society Development Foundation
    ul. Puławska 14, 02-512 Warszawa
    Contact person: Dawid Szarański
    mobile: +48 530-69-11-99

    News
     
    The „Sector 3.0” Innovation Fund
    The „Sector 3.0” Innovation Fund
    Have you got an idea of a new online tool that fits ...
    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. This is achieved mainly through the use of the tutoring method. The program 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 customized training sessions. The offer for the program alumni, aimed at further improvement of their leadership skills, allows ...
    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

    News
     
    10 years with International Visitor Leadership Program
    10 years with International Visitor Leadership Program
    On September 18, 2017 the PAFW Leaders participating ...
    "PRO PUBLICO BONO" COMPETITION
     
    This is a Nationwide Competition for the Best Civic Initiative. Prizes are granted for the most valuable and interesting activities of NGOs, thereby supporting and promoting them. The prizes are funded by PAFF. Under the program, the Foundation supports also the Bolesław Wierzbiański Competition for local newspapers.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

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

    News
     
    “Gazeta Jarocińska” won the Bolesław Wierzbiański Award
    “Gazeta Jarocińska” won the Bolesław Wierzbiański Award
    The ceremony of announcing the Local Press Association ...
    LIBRARY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
     
    The main objective of the program carried out until April 2015 in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is supporting public libraries in rural and rural-urban areas as well as towns with population of up to 20,000 inhabitants in their transformation into multifunctional centers which provide access to information, culture and education, and at the same time stimulate active citizenship. Thanks to the support lent to almost 4,000 libraries, residents of villages and small towns ...
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

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

    News
     
    The Library Development Program at IFLA Congress
    The Library Development Program at IFLA Congress
    Under the Libraries, Solidarity, Society slogan, the ...
    PAFF LOCAL PARTNERSHIPS
     
    The purpose of the program is to initiate and develop cooperation among beneficiaries of various PAFF programs that establish Local Partnerships involving 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
     
    Third seminar of the Common Good Laboratory
    Third seminar of the Common Good Laboratory
    On May 30 and 31, over 30 alumni of PAFF Local Partnerships ...
    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 practical internships, they have an opportunity to learn about Poland’s transformation experience and Poland’s road to European Union membership.
    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
     
    Kirklanders started their courses
    Kirklanders started their courses
    47 scholarship holders from 5 East European and South ...
    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
    fax (48 22) 635-40-06, e-mail: rita@fed.org.pl

    News
     
    „RITA” – the fall round of the grant competition
    „RITA” – the fall round of the grant competition
    The Education for Democracy Foundation invites applications ...
    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 those and other 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 ...
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

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

    News
     
    Madeleine Albright was the guest at the fourth edition of WEASA
    Madeleine Albright was the guest at the fourth edition of WEASA
    The fourth edition of Warsaw Euro-Atlantic Summer Academy ...
     
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    THE LEARNING SCHOOLS (LES)

    Under the “Learning Schools” (LES) Program, implemented since 2000, comprehensive activities have been conducted to improve the quality of Polish education on the basis of the best foreign models. The quality of Polish schools, especially those in rural areas and small towns, is raised chiefly by improving the teaching techniques of teachers.

    More than 70,000 teachers have taken advantage of the training opportunities offered within all components of the “LES” Program.

    The “LES” Program introduces an original quality-enhancement system into their daily practice which ultimately increases the autonomy of the teaching staff, bolsters the position of the headmaster as the leader of his school’s transformation process and improves teamwork. All this leads to improved teaching results.

    A broad offer of the “LES” Program encompasses teacher training, staff workshops, conferences for headmasters, Internet courses, a systemic program facilitating the introduction of formative assessment, educational labs and post-graduate studies. Schools participating in the program develop organizational solutions professionalizing teachers’ performance and monitoring the effects of their efforts as well as sharing the best practices. The program’s implementation has resulted in quality improvement in key areas of the school’s activities: effective education (teaching and learning), the school as an institution and the school’s relations with the outside community.

    In the course of the program’s 16-year history, more than 3,400 schools have participated (including more than 1,400 in the core part of “LES”, introducing them to the basics of the formative assessment). More than 70,000 teachers have taken advantage of the training opportunities offered within all components of the “LES” Program.

    Since 2009 the “Online Teachers Academy” (OTA) project has been carried out. It is Poland’s largest online distance training system for teachers of various subjects in different types and levels of schools as well as kindergartens. “OTA” courses make use of e-learning and online coaching and among other things, serve to prepare teachers to use modern information technologies in their work with pupils. “OTA” offers seven year-long courses.

    Since 2016/17 academic year teachers can also choose a training course on “OK Zeszyt”, the new tool that supports formative assessment. Each year ca. 1,500 teachers takes part in “OTA” training courses. The many-year experience gained in the implementation of the “LES” Program was used in the “Students’ Academy” Program.

    It was completed in 2015, financed from the EU funds. Its objective was to promote math and science at the junior high school level. The program covered 310 junior high schools, 1,500 teachers and over 40,000 students. Among other things, the participating schools received grants for running student math, physics, chemistry and biology research clubs, young discoverer’s kits and an opportunity to take part in science fairs.

    Since 2007, the “Post-Graduate Studies for Educational Leaders” Program has been carried out in cooperation with Collegium Civitas and the All-Poland Educational Management Staff Association. Their objective is skill-improvement training for management staff: headmasters and supervisory organs as well as the staff of the school superintendents’ offices. So far, 331 persons have received the post-graduate study program’s completion diplomas.

    PAFF is a partner of the “School with Class 2.0” undertaking, promoting the use of information and communication technologies in learning and teaching. It expands on the “School with Class” mass campaign, launched in 2002 and inspired by the “LES” Program. It was conducted by the Center for Citizenship Education (currently by the School with Class Foundation) in cooperation with the “Gazeta Wyborcza” daily newspaper. By the end of 2016, all stages of the undertaking were completed by more than 9,000 schools from all over Poland. Its extensions were such initiatives as the “Teacher with Class”, “Lego, Cogito, Ago”, the “Student with Class” and the “School of Thinking”. In 2014, the “First Class Teacher” project was launched that offers training, expert support and inspiration for early childhood education teachers. By the end of 2015, almost 800 teachers joined the project.

    The Foundation has disbursed $10,842,723, including $449,769 for the current edition of the program.

    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

    Person responsible within the PAFF:
    Marianna HajdukiewiczProgram Director
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