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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

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    16th English Teaching Market
    16th English Teaching Market
    The main objectives of English Teaching Market 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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    Youth Leaders Training
    Youth Leaders Training
    The Polish Children and Youth Foundation is recruiting ...
    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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    The Polish-American Principal Academy 2018
    The Polish-American Principal Academy 2018
    The Polish-American Principal Academy is an annual ...
    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

    News
     
    School of Education has started its third year
    School of Education has started its third year
    The inauguration ceremony on August 20, 2018 was attended ...
    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

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    “PROJECTOR” and PHA extend horizons
    “PROJECTOR” and PHA extend horizons
    The Polish Humanitarian Action volunteers will use ...
    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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    Bridge scholarships for over one 1,000 students
    Bridge scholarships for over one 1,000 students
    Over 1,000 students and doctoral students are receiving ...
    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

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    Seniors for local communities
    Seniors for local communities
    The fifth round of TAU for Local Communities project ...
    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

    News
     
    New image of ngo.pl portal
    New image of ngo.pl portal
    Clear and understandable, intuitively navigated, with ...
    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
     
    Ukrainian NGOs visited Poland
    Ukrainian NGOs visited Poland
    On September 17-21, 2018, the Polish-American Freedom ...
    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 technologie.ngo.pl portal; 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 ICT Mobile ...
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

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

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    European Digital Skills confers “Sector 3.0” with a honorable mention
    European Digital Skills confers “Sector 3.0” with a honorable mention
    The “Sector 3.0” Program won a honorable mention at ...
    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
     
    The “Pro Publico Bono” Competition for the Best Civil Initiative was launched in 1999 by Prime Minister Jerzy Buzek. Since 2000, the Polish-American Freedom Foundation has funded the prizes awarded in the Competition.
    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
     
    “Bravo, We! Bravo, You!”
    “Bravo, We! Bravo, You!”
    On November 15-16, 2018, the 9th Polish Library Congress ...
    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
     
    How to build a local partnership effectively
    How to build a local partnership effectively
    In October, a series of workshops attended by representatives ...
    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 met in Poznań
    Kirklanders met in Poznań
    The participants of 19th round of Lane Kirkland Scholarship ...
    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 ...
    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
     
    Inauguration of the 6th round of Warsaw Euro-Atlantic Summer Academy
    Inauguration of the 6th round of Warsaw Euro-Atlantic Summer Academy
    The 6th round of Warsaw Euro-Atlantic Summer Academy ...
     
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    LIBRARY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
    “Bravo, We! Bravo, You!”
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    LIBRARY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
    “Bravo, We! Bravo, You!”

    On November 15-16, 2018, the 9th Polish Library Congress attended by over 260 librarians, representatives of cultural institutions and NGOs was held in Art Factory in Łódź. This-year’s motto of the conference, “Bravo, We! Bravo, You!”, referred to the idea of collaboration and cooperation between the Information Society Development Foundation and libraries.

    The event was an occasion to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Information Society Development Foundation (ISDF) established by the Polish-American Freedom Foundation (PAFF) to implement the Library Development Program.

    The first part of the meeting was opened by Jacek Królikowski, the Information Society Development Foundation President, who recalled first contacts with libraries, lots of letters sent to the Foundation Office, and touching moments after the meetings at the libraries. Next speaker was Joanna Lempart, the Polish-American Freedom Foundation Program Director, who recalled the 2008 – the year when PAFF started cooperation with the biggest grant-giving institution in the world, that is Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. As a result of that cooperation PAFF got from the Gates Foundation a grant of $31 million for implementation of the Library Development Program in Poland as part of the Global Libraries program that was carried out all over the world.  The task was entrusted by PAFF to the Information Society Development Foundation established for that purpose. The Program allowed almost 4,000 Polish libraries to change into modern multimedia centers which play the role of a hub of social activity. Joanna Lempart thanked President Królikowski and ISDF staff for their professionalism and involvement over all those years of cooperation, and pointed to the difficult task of consolidation and enhancement of the Program results, as since 2015 LDP has been financed by PAFF with its own money.

    The Special Guests of the Congress were Urszula Dudziak, a singer and author of “Wyśpiewam Wam Wszystko” (I’ll sing you everything) and “Wyśpiewam Wam więcej” (I’ll sing you more) books, who gave a motivational speech on developing a passion and enjoying one’s life, and Anna Bikont, a journalist and writer, who gave a touching speech on Jacek Kuroń, an outstanding social leader, based on fragments of “Jacek” book of which she is a co-author.

    During the Congress, the winners of the 7th round of Olga Rok  Competition for Active Female Librarians were presented with scholarships. Olga Rok Scholarships, financed with the endowment fund created in 2012 at the initiative of Anna Rok, Olga Rok’s granddaughter, support personal development of female librarians who stimulate themselves and the others to look for new solutions and are courageous in changing their communities. This year the scholarships were awarded to the following winners: in the “bigger library” category – to Agnieszka Batorek of Władysław Biegański Municipal Public Library in Częstochowa, in the amount of PLN 5,000, for partner-like and innovative cooperation with children with impaired vision; in the “smaller library” category, which is especially strongly supported by the Polish-American Freedom Foundation – to Sylwia Drząszcz of Communal Public Library in Wisznia Mała, in the amount of PLN 5,000, for Mother Tongue – Well Programmed project which combines learning Polish and new technologies, and for I Am Developing Because I Am Reading project which popularizes reading and encourages to joint efforts to make the commune area more beautiful. There were also four book awards funded by  Czarne Publishing House, which went to: Jolanta Janiec of Municipal Public Library in Hrubieszów, Magdalena Mazik of the MOCAK Library of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Kraków, Dorota Telega-Łosek of Communal Public Library at Czernica,  and Katarzyna Czarkowska of No. 9 Branch of Koszalin Public Library. The Partners in the Competition are the Polish-American Freedom Foundation, the Information Society Development Foundation, and the Academy for the Development of Philanthropy in Poland.

    The second part of the Congress consisted of workshops related to everyday work and development of activities of a library, as well as professional development of librarians, for example: The Mobile Skills – the Mobile Library; E-learning Or Tailored Online Training For Librarians And Library Users; To Believe Or Not to Believe (Information) – That Is The Question; I Remember That… – Theatrical Improvisation Workshops For Multinational And Multigenerational Groups; or Solutions Are Hidden Among Differences. Skills in Conflict Solving And Having a Dialogue.

    On the second day there was a foresight session on the role of libraries in next 10 years conducted by 7 experts in the area of technology, global education, culture, space, social engagement, ecology and reading. Supported by them, and on the basis of real statistical data and the librarian’s experiences, the participants prepared packages of scenarios for a library functioning in its social and institutional environment.

    The Polish Library Congress is a cyclical event held as part of the Library Development Program. Over the years 2008-2015 the Library Development Program was implemented by the Polish-American Freedom Foundation in partnership with Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. A total of 3,808 libraries in more than 1,250 communes – that is almost 60% of libraries in rural areas and small towns in Poland – participated in the program.

    by Kalina Grzeszuk Zajączkowska, photos by ISDF
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

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

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