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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
     
    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

    News
     
    Regional Grant Competition launched
    Regional Grant Competition launched
    NGOs, including Voluntary Fire Brigades, municipal ...
    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

    News
     
    17th round of School with Class 2.0
    17th round of School with Class 2.0
    We would like to invite you to take part in the new ...
    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

    News
     
    “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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    Polish-American Internship Initiative
    Polish-American Internship Initiative
    The enrollment to the program of summer internships ...
    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
     
    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
     
    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
     
    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

    News
     
    PLN 100,000 for ICT projects
    PLN 100,000 for ICT projects
    The enrollment to the “Sector 3.0” Fund is on. The ...
    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
     
    “The Library for Creators” - 8th Public Libraries’ Convention
    “The Library for Creators” - 8th Public Libraries’ Convention
    The 8th Public Libraries’ Convention organized by 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
     
    New PAFF Local Partnerships
    New PAFF Local Partnerships
    On July 18, the 6th round of the “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
     
    Scholarship for Kirklanders from Ukraine
    Scholarship for Kirklanders from Ukraine
    The Leaders of Change Foundation, the Manager of Lane ...
    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
     
    Be active in the East! Partnership projects
    Be active in the East! Partnership projects
    Grants under the “RITA” Program can be awarded for ...
    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 ...
     
    • Bridge Scholarships are 15 years old
    • Jerzy Koźmiński
    • Bridge Scholarships are 15 years old
    • Bridge Scholarships are 15 years old
    • Bridge Scholarships are 15 years old
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    BRIDGE SCHOLARSHIPS
    Bridge Scholarships are 15 years old
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    BRIDGE SCHOLARSHIPS
    Bridge Scholarships are 15 years old

    Over 15,500 scholarship holders and over 21, 000 scholarships for university courses for young people coming from small towns and villages and low-income families – these are the effects of 15 years of the Bridge Scholarships Program. The 15th anniversary celebration gala and at the same time the program 16th round inaugural meeting was held in Warsaw on December 5, 2017.

    The meeting was attended by U.S. Ambassador to Poland Paul W. Jones, representatives of the Program Founders  and Partners Coalition, as well as the present-round scholarship holders.

    “As a survey conducted among the Bridge Scholarships holders and alumni shows, for half of the respondents the scholarship was the main source of money over their first year of studies. Thanks to the prospect of getting it, they could decide to study at the university and faculty of their dreams. They did not have to look for a job over their first year of study, when combining job and studies is especially difficult. They could develop their interests other than studies, increase their cultural capital. 90 percent of scholarship holders finished their studies with very good or good grade,” Jerzy Koźmiński, the President of Polish-American Freedom Foundation said during the address opening the meeting.  He emphasized that it is thanks to involvement of broad group of Partners, that the Bridge Scholarships Program is one of the biggest non-governmental scholarship programs in Poland.

    Ambassador Paul W. Jones referred to the 100th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between the USA and Poland and pointed to the important role played by such project as the Polish-American Internship Initiative in developing good relations between both countries. “Our future is in your hands, and I am very optimistic about it,” said Ambassador Jones congratulating the scholarship holders.

    Małgorzata Zdzienicka-Grabarz, the President of BGŻ BNP Paribas Foundation spoke on behalf of the Partners and Founders. She recalled the beginnings of the program. “The Bridge Scholarships are the result of need to cooperate and join hands in something that works for the good. We all are a part of that bridge – both those who established it and those who contribute to its continuation,” she said.

    The event made an opportunity to honor the Sponsors and Partners of the Bridge Scholarships Program; the statuettes commemorating the 15th anniversary of the program were presented by Dr. Zofia Sapijaszka and Jerzy Koźmiński. Next the group of 45 students representing over 1100 this-year scholarship holders from all over Poland received diplomas from the representatives of the program Founders and Partners.

    “Your attitude deserves respect because you motivate young people to act. Your support is a trampoline for us which allows us overcome even big obstacles, reach higher and fulfill our dreams,” said scholarship holder Dominika Dubiel, addressing representatives of the Program Founders. “The Bridge Scholarships Program is an opportunity for much more than only good education. We gain new experiences, make new friends, improve in selected areas, develop talents and ourselves. We – the scholarship holders coming from small towns – are the world citizens today,” Dominika Dubiel concluded.

    To add splendor to the event, program alumnus  and graduate of accordion class at Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw Mateusz Chmielewski played Bulgarian Suite by Vyacheslav Semyonov.

    The Bridge Scholarships Program was launched 15 years ago in response to a serious social problem – the clear disparity of access to higher education between urban and rural youth. The program helps talented young people from small localities, including former state-owned farm areas, make the decision to begin university studies by offering them first-year scholarships.

    Today it is an extensive scholarship system offering support also over next years of studies. The scholarships are awarded to apt and ambitious young people from small towns or villages, low income families, who start their full-time university course.  Eligible to apply for a scholarship in the amount of PLN 500 a month are those senior high school leavers who do very well in their academic pursuits and meet one of the conditions – come from the family of former state-owned farm workers, or are the finalists of thematic secondary high school Olympiads, or come from a big family or a foster family or a state children’s home, or have been recommended by a local NGO.

    Under the program, six types of support is awarded. Students who perform very well at their university course can get scholarships for the 2nd, 3rd and 4th year of studies, language scholarships, scholarships for doing a part of their studies abroad, doctoral scholarships, as well as scholarships for doing their internships in the United States or in Poland. 

    So far a total of over 21,000 various scholarships have been awarded, including over  15,500 scholarships for the first year of studies. This year 1,100 students and postgraduate doctoral course students benefit from the support, including 650 students of the 1st year of studies. Most of scholarship holders say that the scholarship was important for them and improved their financial situation.

    Currently the Founders and Partner group is composed of Polish-American Freedom Foundation, the National Bank of Poland, the Rural Development Foundation, the BGŻ BNP Paribas Foundation and a coalition of some 100 local NGOs. The program is implemented in cooperation with the National Center for Support of Agriculture  (former the Agricultural Property Agency), Professor Bronisław Geremek’s Center and the Unit for Social Innovation and Research “Shipyard” Foundation. For 16 rounds of the program the Partners have disbursed PLN 103 million.

    The program is managed by the Educational Enterprise Foundation.

    The main media patron of the program is “Rzeczpospolita” daily. The media patrons are “Forum Akademickie” (the Academic Forum) and “Perspektywy” (Perspectives) monthly.

    For more information contact:

    Anna Nowak, the Educational Enterprise Foundation,PR Specialist
    tel.: (42) 632 59 91; (42) 631 95 58; mobile.: 660 223 851

    www.stypendia-pomostowe.pl

    by Anna Nowak and Przemysław Zaroń, photos by Educational Enterprise Foundation
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