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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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    16th English Teaching Market
    16th English Teaching Market
    The main objectives of English Teaching Market educational meetings is to help English teachers ...
    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 candidates for Youth Leaders Training ...
    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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    LES Education Leaders Academy conference is over
    LES Education Leaders Academy conference is over
    Prof. Andrzej Blikle and representatives of Youth Climate Strike were the guests of the Learning ...
    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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    Teacher training – challenge and involvement
    Teacher training – challenge and involvement
    How should professional teacher training look like? What does the shaping of teacher’s reflective ...
    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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    “PROJECTOR” and PHA extend horizons
    “PROJECTOR” and PHA extend horizons
    The Polish Humanitarian Action volunteers will use the opportunities offered by the “PROJECTOR” ...
    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” ...
    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 financial support from the Bridge Scholarships ...
    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. Successive ALCs are selected through a competition.
    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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    Study tour by Ukrainian NGOs
    Study tour by Ukrainian NGOs
    Ustrzyki Dolne, Dębica, Sandomierz, Tomaszów Lubelski and Biłgoraj – these are the towns visited ...
    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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    “Empowering Creators” Sector 3.0 Festival
    “Empowering Creators” Sector 3.0 Festival
    Over 900 participants from 13 countries, speeches given by almost 70 Polish and foreign experts. ...
    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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    10 years with International Visitor Leadership Program
    10 years with International Visitor Leadership Program
    On September 18, 2017 the PAFW Leaders participating in study visits to the USA were hosted ...
    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
     
    “Equal – Different – Important” – Jubilee Library Congress
    “Equal – Different – 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
     
    Locally about common good
    Locally about common good
    Partnerships and start-ups representatives who had run projects under the 6th round of the ...
    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

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    Lane Kirkland Scholarship Program jubilee round has been launched
    Lane Kirkland Scholarship Program jubilee round has been launched
    On September 20, 2019 the inaugural ceremony of jubilee 20th round of the 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 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

    News
     
    Firemen from Georgia learn about the Polish Voluntary Fire Brigades
    Firemen from Georgia learn about the Polish Voluntary Fire Brigades
    During their week-long tour to Poland the participants visited the VBF in Nałęczów, the Security ...
     
    It’s been already 15 years!
     
    It’s been already 15 years!
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    It’s been already 15 years!

    On May 15, 2015 the Foundation celebrated the 15th anniversary of its program activity. The jubilee ceremony was attended by eminent guests, including wife of the President of Poland Anna Komorowska, former Prime Minister and President of the European Parliament Professor Jerzy Buzek, President of the Constitutional Tribunal Professor Andrzej Rzepliński, Head of the Office of Tribunal, Secretary of State Maciej Graniecki, President of the Supreme Audit Office Krzysztof Kwiatkowski, U.S. Ambassador to Poland Stephen Mull, Head of the Chancellery of the President of Poland Jacek Michałowski, and other representatives of the authorities, media and business.

    Among 600 guests, next to members of the PAFF Board of Directors and the Partners of the Foundation who manage its programs, there were a lot of very important for the Foundation people, including local activity animators, participants of the “PAFF Leaders” Program and their tutors, representatives of schools, libraries and numerous civic organizations from all over Poland.

    The jubilee meeting of the 15th anniversary of PAFF was combined with the congress of the Lane Kirkland Scholarship Program attended by 300 program alumni from 11 countries, namely: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, Moldova, Russia, Slovakia and Ukraine.

    “Recalling the beginnings of our activities, of our work, it is hard not to be surprised that 15 years have already passed. They slipped unnoticed, without warning (…). Celebrating today that anniversary we would like to present you the overall outcome of the Foundation activities and at the same time thank those without whom the achievements of the Foundation would not have been possible,” President of the Foundation Jerzy Koźmiński said in his welcoming address.

    Next, the co-host of the jubilee ceremony Chairman of the PAFF Board of Directors Andrew Nagorski took the floor to express his recognition for Poland’s achievements during past 25 years. “We, the members of the Board of Directors of the Foundation, look at the achievements of Poland and the Foundation during these past 15 years with great satisfaction. Poland has undergone great transformation not only in social, political and economic spheres. The Poles, who once had been pessimists, became optimists. We are happy that the Foundation not only participates in that transformation but also accelerates it,” Andrew Nagorski emphasized.

    The Foundation received many letters of congratulations on its jubilee. Head of the Chancellery of the President of Poland, Secretary of State Jacek Michałowski read the letter from President Bronisław Komorowski. “I deeply appreciate the fact that from the very beginning the Foundation has been active in the realm of civil society. I would like to express my respect and gratitude for good changes that Poland owes to your activity and involvement. First of all in hundreds of local communities, in small homelands. This is a great achievement of creative, innovative thinking, civic activity, modern patriotism,” the President wrote among other things. Minister Michałowski recalled also in his speech that on the previous day, that is on May 14, member of the Board of Directors of PAFF Joseph C. Bell, Senior Consultant to the Foundation C. Douglas Ades and Chief Financial Officer and Secretary to the Board of Directors Norman E. Haslun were awarded at the ceremony held at the Presidential Palace with state orders for their outstanding services for political and economic transformation of Poland. Secretary of State Jacek Michałowski noted that “They all have been involved in services for the benefit of Poland for 25 years.”

    The Foundation received also congratulations from Vice President of the United States Joe Biden, whose letter was read by U.S. Ambassador to Poland Stephen Mull. Vice President Biden emphasized the contribution of the Polish-American Enterprise Fund (the PAFF founder) to the development of Polish economy in the period of difficult economic transformation. He expressed appreciation for the engagement of the Foundation in sharing Polish experiences from the transition period with other countries of the Central and Eastern Europe. ”The Polish-American Freedom Foundation has carried on the Fund’s noble mission of building a secure and prosperous Poland in a manner that underscores the strong bonds of friendship and solidarity between our two nations. Your investments in education, development of local communities and promoting Poland as a model in the region are of critical importance. Your work assisting your neighbors, such as providing education fellowships for young people in Ukraine to study in Poland, is a demonstration of your enduring commitment to the region,” Vide President Biden wrote.

    The Foundation received also warm recognition from former Presidents of Poland, Lech Wałęsa and Aleksander Kwaśniewski. “I am convinced that your activity is a very important investment into future, which modernizing Poland will continue to need for a long time to come,” President Lech Wałęsa wrote in his letter to the Foundation. In turn President Kwaśniewski pointed to the international programs of the PAFF, which animate cooperation of Polish nongovernmental organizations with organizations in other countries of the Region. “Thanks to your efforts it was possible to establish broad contacts between Polish NGOs and other institutions with their partners from beyond our eastern border. The network of contacts and projects has been built and thanks to the synergy effect started to bring great fruits,” President Kwaśniewski wrote.

    “I don’t want to go back to the details which the Polish-American Freedom Foundation brought in. I’ll focus on only two programs. One of them is “PROJECTOR – student volunteers”. It is a program under which 25,000 projects have been implemented, which was participated by 11,000 of students and also I participated in it during my holidays,” Professor Jerzy Buzek said in his address. The former Prime Minister of Poland, former President of the European Parliament and the Honorary Volunteer of the PROJECTOR program emphasized that “The Foundation has had many such programs; we know perfectly well how important they have been for education, how important they have been for local communities, how they have stimulated our need to participate, especially in villages and small towns.” Prime Minister Jerzy Buzek recalled also the origins of involvement of PAFF in the “Pro Publico Bono” Competition for the Best Civil Initiative, which was launched in 1999. The awards in this competition have been funded by the Polish-American Freedom Foundation since 2000.

    The 15th anniversary of the Foundation was also a good opportunity to sum up cooperation between PAFF and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which allowed to carry out in the years 2008-2015 the unique Library Development Program. The initiative, supported with the grant of almost USD 31 million awarded to PAFF by the Gates Foundation, was managed by the Information Society Development Foundation (FRSI), established by PAFF. The program has so far contributed to transformation of almost 4,000 libraries in more than 1,250 districts into modern, multifunctional centers of access to information, education and culture, which also stimulate civil activity. On behalf of the Bill and Melinda Foundation, congratulations for PAFF and FRSI were conveyed via the video clip by Deborah Jacobs, the Program Director of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Global Libraries”. “From Turkey to Indonesia others have learned from Poland’s lessons and successes. I commend PAFF and FRSI for their successes in Poland and thank them deeply for sharing their work and influencing libraries around the world,” Deborah Jacobs said.

    The jubilee presentation of the Foundation activities was based on six episodes of the video on its history and individual program areas. During the meeting, the managers of the PAFF programs which the Foundation has been cooperating from the beginning with were honored. The Chairman of the PAFF Board of Directors and other members of the Board presented the PAFF Partners with the statuettes prepared for the occasion. The following organizations were awarded: in the area of education – the Educational Enterprise Foundation, the Center for Citizenship Education Foundation, the Nidzica Development Foundation “NIDA”, the Polish Children and Youth Foundation, the Foundation for the Development of Voluntary Service and the Association of the Creative Initiatives “ę”.

    In the area of local community development – the Academy for the Development of Philanthropy in Poland, Klon/Jawor Association, the Civil Society Development Association, the Institute of Public Affairs, the School for Leaders Foundation, and the Unit for Social Innovation and Research “Shipyard” Foundation; in the area of sharing the Polish experiences – the Education for Democracy Foundation and the Jan Nowak Jeziorański College of Eastern Europe. The statuette was received also by the Information Society Development Foundation for the implementation of the Library Development Program.

    At the end of the jubilee gala the guests could see a short video presentation showing the achievements of the Polish-American Freedom Foundation in numbers.

    The mistress of ceremony was Anna Popek.

    by Przemysław Zaroń, photos by Bartlomiej Sawka, Cinefoto
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