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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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    The Young Explorers Clubs with Ecsite Award
    The Young Explorers Clubs with Ecsite Award
    One of this year’s three winners of Ecsite award of the European science centers and museums ...
    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 20-th anniversary of the “Learning Schools” Program
    The 20-th anniversary of the “Learning Schools” Program
    On December 10th we celebrated the 20th anniversary of the “Learning Schools” (LES) Program, ...
    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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    Another academic year at the School of Education has started
    Another academic year at the School of Education has started
    “It is going to be a good place and good time. We are a community of thought, we strive for ...
    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

    News
     
    “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

    News
     
    Over 1,000 bridge scholarships for students
    Over 1,000 bridge scholarships for students
    Over 1,000 students receive scholarships under the Bridge Scholarships Program this academic ...
    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

    News
     
    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

    News
     
    Become an NGO Manager – the enrollment is on
    Become an NGO Manager – the enrollment is on
    The Academy of Civic Organizations Foundation invites to submitting applications to the 7th ...
    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

    News
     
    Benefactor of the Year – submit your candidate
    Benefactor of the Year – submit your candidate
    NGOs may submit companies and corporate foundations to the 24th round of the competition for ...
    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

    News
     
    Driving Change Online Sector 3.0 Festival is over
    Driving Change Online Sector 3.0 Festival is over
    The jubilee, 10th Driving Change Online Sector 3.0 Festival will be remembered as the one that ...
    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
     
    Library – A Lot Is Going On! The 11th National Library Congress
    Library – A Lot Is Going On! The 11th National Library Congress
    On December 9, 2020 the 11th National Library Congress was held under the watchword that refers ...
    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
     
    Inauguration of new PAFF Local Partnerships
    Inauguration of new PAFF Local Partnerships
    On October 22, the online inauguration of the 7th round of PAFF Local Partnerships was held. ...
    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 Scholarships for the academic year 2021/22
    Lane Kirkland Scholarships for the academic year 2021/22
    The Polish-American Freedom Foundation and the Leaders of Change Foundation hereby announce ...
    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
     
    Be active in the East! Partnership projects
    Be active in the East! Partnership projects
    The Education for Democracy Foundation and the Polish-American Foundation invite Polish non-governmental ...
    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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    WEASA 2020 online – a summary
    WEASA 2020 online – a summary
    The 8th round of Warsaw Euro-Atlantic Summer Academy (WEASA) took place from July 3 to July ...
     
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    Library – A Lot Is Going On! The 11th National Library Congress
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    Library – A Lot Is Going On! The 11th National Library Congress

    On December 9, 2020 the 11th National Library Congress was held under the watchword that refers to the new situation the libraries found themselves in – global lockdown, hybrid reality, change of priorities, and the necessity to look for other form of acting.

    The event took place online and was attended by almost 800 librarians participating in panel discussions and workshops with well-known writers, social leaders and experts in new technologies. The Special Guest was Filip Springer, a writer and a reporter.

    The Congress was opened by Joanna Lempart, the Program Director of Polish-American Freedom Foundation, and Jacek Królikowski , the President of  Information Society Development Foundation. Joanna Lempart spoke about the impact of crisis situation on functioning of libraries, bus also about new opportunities that libraries are facing. She also announced launching the 4th round of Library Development Program under which 300 libraries will join the program. They will become members of a network of over 3,800 libraries that participated in former three rounds of the program that were run in the years 2009-2015. Jacek Królikowski spoke about emergence of a new version of library that operates in hybrid form and “plays an important role at the time of social divisions but first of all of social distancing caused by pandemic and can help people find their place through access to culture and reading, and thus change the world for the better.” He also addressed the issue of challenges faced by libraries such as creating local community, re-establishing old local authorities or offering access to reliable information.

    Next Michał Nogaś of Gazeta Wyborcza daily debated with the book writers Renata Lis, Sylwia Chutnik and Wojciech Szot on how literature presents the contemporary world and whether literature is socially responsible.

    The agenda of the Congress included also seminars conducted by expert-practicians in social problems, such as: Agnieszka Szelągowska, the School of Leaders, who had a seminar on Change. How to go through it not losing people on the way; Maciej Dębski, Fundacja Dbam o Mój Zasięg (I Care for My Coverage Foundation), who conducted a seminar on Digital Hygiene. How to Care for its Proper Level; Anna Orzech, Laska Nebeska and Sector 3.0 program, who shared her experience in getting online users involved. Also, Magdalena Krasowska-Igras, Information Society Development Foundation, spoke about the ways of introducing new library services, while Monika Schmeichel-Zarzeczna, Labib network and My Digital Life explained how to select tools for distance work. And Kamil Śliwowski, School with Class Foundation and Sector 3.0,  shared his experience in practical knowledge on the ways of conducting online workshops to involve the participants.

    The Congress organizers created also a virtual meeting zone with the lecturers – in separated ‘conference rooms’ the Congress participants could have an individual conversation with an expert and broaden their knowledge gained at a seminar. The breaks between the seminars were used for virtual meetings at ‘a cup of coffee’ and meeting other Congress participants.

    In the Offers for Libraries zone participants could benefit from free subscriptions for magazines, online courses access or competitions prepared by the Congress partners – AGORA,  My Digital Life Liga Niezwykłych Umysłów (League of Extraordinary Minds), LABIB.

    The 11th Library Congress was also an occasion to honor the winners of 9th round of Olga Rok  Competition. In the “bigger library” category the main award went to Izabela Putz (Municipal and County Library in Nowy Tomyśl ) for initiating language hot line, Polish classes for immigrants, meetings with culture and for good energy she shares with people who feel uncertain in new reality. The main award in the “smaller library” category was awarded to Justyna Delekta (Public Library in Cholewiana Góra) who runs numerous activities benefitting local community, including activities and care for children at the library during winter school break and classes supporting children’s education.

    The honorary mentions went to: Joanna Sudak of Communal Public Library at Wilkasy, Monika Rejtner of Municipal Public Library in Legionowo, Anna Wysocka of Public Library in Piaseczno – Branch in Józefosław, and Natalia Maćkiewicz of Communal Public Library at Bulkowo.

    After the presentation of short films, the Congress participants could listen to the conversation with Anna Rok, Olga Rok’s granddaughter who set up the Olga Rok Endowment Fund and the winners of Libraries Full of Dreams competition. They spoke about new reality that has made libraries change their work and transfer most of their activity online where virtual meetings with authors and workshops for members of local community take place and where it is important to assure friendly atmosphere and contact with a reader.

    The last item on the Congress agenda was a meeting with the special guest Filip Springer, a writer and a commentator, winner of numerous significant literary awards and nominated to many more. Filip Springer shared with the viewers his secrets of the writer’s work and briefed them on his new book to be published in 2021. He also told about his school of „ecopoetics – a form of field and theoretical classes related to taking eco-critical attitude” and on how literature can deal with important global problems of climate protection and consumption limiting.

    The presenter at the Library Congress was Michał Nogaś, a journalist of “Gazeta Wyborcza” daily.

    The Library Congress has been organized by the established in 2008 by PAFF Information Society Development Foundation as part of the Library Development Program of the Polish-American Freedom Foundation for 11 years. Over the years 2009-2015 the Library Development Program was implemented as part of Global Libraries initiative by 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. Since 2016 support for libraries is continued under the strategy of enhancing the basic stage of Library Development Program.

    The manager of Olga Rok Endowment Fund is the Academy for the Development of Philanthropy in Poland, which promotes the idea of endowment funds under the We Are Here Today, Tomorrow, Forever campaign. Polish-American Freedom Foundation is its supporting partner, and the Information Society Development Foundation is its substantive partner.

    by Kalina Grzeszuk-Zajączkowska
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

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

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