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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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    Spread your wings with the School of Education
    Spread your wings with the School of Education
    Do you dream about teaching young people but you don’t have a teaching license or sufficient ...
    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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    Give a chance for a Diploma of Dreams!
    Give a chance for a Diploma of Dreams!
    The Diploma of Dreams competition held for local NGOs and informal groups willing to participate ...
    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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    How Mobile Advisors help at the time of pandemic
    How Mobile Advisors help at the time of pandemic
    Each of a hundred of Mobile Advisors is different, lives in other place and has different job. ...
    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

    News
     
    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

    News
     
    “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

    News
     
    “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
     
    PAFF Local Partnerships support multi-sector cooperation in the time of the epidemic
    PAFF Local Partnerships support multi-sector cooperation in the time of the epidemic
    An opportunity to focus partnership activities for the common good on projects related to counteracting ...
    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
     
    Warsaw hosted Kirkland scholarship holders
    Warsaw hosted Kirkland scholarship holders
    47 scholarship holders from 11 countries of Eastern Europe, South Caucasus and Central Asia ...
    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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    SECTOR 3.0
    How Mobile Advisors help at the time of pandemic
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    How Mobile Advisors help at the time of pandemic

    Mobile Advisors is a name of a network of people who build competencies of local NGOs by sharing their knowledge on modern technologies. Although COVID-19 epidemic has turned most of methods of cooperation upside down, the Advisors haven’t given up. Here you can see how they help others at the time of crisis.

    Each of a hundred of Mobile Advisors is different, lives in other place and has different job. They can be IT specialists, clerks, company owners, NGO representatives or even soldiers. However, they all have two traits in common: they are good in new technologies and want to help the others. The time of crisis makes an excellent opportunity to test the network and demonstrates that adaptation and flexible attitude can be critical for our survival.

    The extent of support offered by Mobile Advisors is very big – starting from consultation, through training, to presentation of new technological solutions. Mobile Advisors are one of main pillars of Sector 3.0 – they are its base. In the present, very special situation, they have shown how quickly one can adjust to new challenges and react. Technologies give huge possibilities to provide remote assistance. Just look how Sector 3.0 Mobile Advisors do it at the time of pandemic.

    Remote assistance

    One of the Mobile Advisors fundamental activities is improving digital competence of NGOs. Since most of people contacts have been limited to minimum, also Mobile Advisors had to follow the limitations. In no time, they have organized a series of training sessions teaching the skills needed to carry out distance work. The first workshops got so popular that they had to restrict registration of applicants to people involved in third sector only.

    As Izabela Ferenc says: “I have had a profile on Facebook for quite a time; I inform there on digital tools and safety. I have been using the Internet communicators and working in that manner for a long time, so the quarantine is not a new situation for me. I use Messenger to answer questions and solve technical problems, and in some more complicated problems my son, an IT specialist, helps me.

    I also post links to interesting resources on my profile so that organizations can benefit from them. Many pieces of my advice relate to financial or official matters – e.g. I’m often asked how to set up a Trusted Profile (confirmed electronic signature). As well as how to fill out the tax form remotely. Furthermore, I take fighting fake news as a personal challenge. I try to monitor my friends’ posts and react through a private message immediately if I see that someone is propagating fake news. I point it out and give advice on how they can recognize fake news in future,” Izabela Ferenc, a Mobile Advisor in Nieświnia, says.

    Łukasz Wolanin says: “I am a teacher and some time ago I started to run a blog – uczfajnie.blogspot.com. I post there on applications, software, and other issues helpful in educating young people. I try to inform about those solutions which I have tested. The latest pandemic situation stimulated me to start vlogging. It is easier for me to share my knowledge that way. I’ve begun recording video tutorials and publishing them on YouTube.

    My objective is to prepare school aids and tutorials for those teachers who want to apply new technologies in education. I post those videos on my channel and then paste them on my blog. Currently I’m collecting the material and thinking how to promote my channel. As a teacher I can see the need to show and share interesting ways of using new technologies in education.

    Many teachers believe it is not for them, that this can’t be done, that one has to be an IT specialist to do that, or that they are too old to learn. I don’t agree with such attitude and I show that where there is a will, there is a way,” Łukasz Wolanin, a Mobile Advisor in Cieszanów, says.

    They help to fight the epidemic

    Some Mobile Advisors decided to take active part in fighting coronavirus epidemic and give support to medical staff. There are a lot of tutorials on the Internet informing what you need to do to join those who sew masks or produce devices for medics. The community of 3D designers is known to be willing to share their designs in open data bases. Thanks to them, all those who have suitable printers can help actively. Paweł Sikora, a Mobile Advisor in Żnin, decided to take advantage of that situation.

    Paweł Sikora: “I used my experience as a Mobile Advisor, especially skills in 3D printing gained during Sector 3.0 Festival. I work at Promotion Department of Żnin Town Hall. Having obtained permission from Mayor of Żnin Robert Luchowski, my principal, I managed to put in one room four 3D printers bought for public schools as part of an EU project and under the #DrukarzeDlaSzpitali (#PrintersForHospitals) initiative we started to print visors at the Town Hall. For a couple of days we have been printing 16 visors per day. They go to the Communal Security Center and from there distributed among those who need them,” Paweł says.

    Agnieszka Budzyńska says: “Volunteering is a state of mind, therefore in my free time I am sewing masks under a volunteer project of the Regional Volunteering Center (RVC) in Katowice. First RVC supported the Mask for A Medic campaign, and now it is implementing its own the Mask for A Senior campaign under which 2,000 masks have been sewn. Since Saturday they are being distributed through parishes, and on Thursday there will be a great finale of the campaign – the masks will be handed out in public places by volunteers.

    Additionally, in cooperation with RVC and organizations supporting the homeless we want to obtain a 3D printer and print visors for people who don’t have access to running water or for other reasons need high quality reusable visors. I have sent the project of buying such equipment to PROO 5 (Civic Organization Development Program, 5th Priority – emergency assistance) and I am waiting for their decision. If it fails, I will try to obtain funding from Relief Fund for NGOs and Civic Organizations 2020 of the Polish-American Freedom Foundation,” Agnieszka Budzyńska, a Mobile Advisor in Świętochłowice, says.

    They organize entertainment for the isolated

    Because of the emergency situation, this year many events have been cancelled or postponed. Beata Matuszek, a Mobile Advisor in Rybnik, decided to take matters into her hands and make the local events available on the Internet.

    Beata Matuszek says: “Working together with a local association, this year we are planning to organize the Museum Night in a slightly different way than in previous years. We will use opportunities that new technologies offer. The local history route will be available on izi.travel platform, so that everybody can walk on his own without a guide or online staying at home. It’s a great tool that allows to create audio guides for a museum or a gallery visits or walking routes. Here you can see our first sample created a few years ago. It is a local walk prepared by a few girls. We are going to use the experience gained to prepare even better and more interesting route this year,” Beata Matuszek says.

    Each year the new reality makes us face new challenges. Many of them can be dealt with using new technologies, applications and modern tools. Mobile Advisors prove that adversities can be overcome if you are involved and proactive.

    “It is a real test for our network. Fortunately, Mobile Advisors are active people who don’t sit on their hands, especially in situations when showing initiative is needed. As regards working remotely, it is especially important that we work using new technologies. That puts us in the role of a natural connector between people who want to get online and knowledge that makes it possible. Webinars, consulting, showing new solutions – all that is offered by the network and available for organizations that need such support,” Mobile Advisors network coordinator Filip Jędruch concludes.

    by Filip Żyro
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    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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