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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: 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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    Regional Grant Competition launched
    Regional Grant Competition launched
    NGOs, municipal and communal culture centers, and district, municipal and communal libraries ...
    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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    11th All-Poland School with Class Festival
    11th All-Poland School with Class Festival
    At the end of May, the 11th All-Poland School with Class Festival summing up the 17th round ...
    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

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    A few more students can be accepted by the School of Education
    A few more students can be accepted by the School of Education
    Graduates of Polish studies, math, biology and history – it’s the last moment to apply to the ...
    PROJECTOR - STUDENT VOLUNTEERS
     
    The idea behind this program is to tap into the intellectual potential and activities of university students in order to help create equal educational opportunities for children and youth from small localities. This is achieved by having groups of student-volunteers carry out educational projects at schools during their free time.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Educational Enterprise Foundation
    ul. Marii Curie Skłodowskiej 3/2.32
    20-029 Lublin
    e-mail: biuro@projektor.org.pl
    tel: (81) 534 78 93
    800 444 131

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    “PROJECTOR” and PHA extend horizons
    “PROJECTOR” and PHA extend horizons
    The Polish Humanitarian Action volunteers will use the opportunities offered by the “PROJECTOR” ...
    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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    Get a bridge scholarship for your studies!
    Get a bridge scholarship for your studies!
    Ambitious and talented high school graduates from small towns and villages who are starting ...
    THIRD AGE UNIVERSITIES (TAU)
     
    The objective of this program is to stimulate social energy of the senior citizens. It is carried out at two different levels: the “Seniors in Action” grant competition, under which senior citizens come up with an idea and carry out projects for the benefit of their local communities and intergenerational integration as well as support for the Third Age Universities through training opportunities and mini-grants for cyclical volunteering activities.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Association of the Creative Initiatives "ę"
    55 Mokotowska St., 00-542 Warszawa
    tel. (4822) 396-55-16
    e-mail: listy@seniorzywakcji.pl

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    Seniors for local communities
    Seniors for local communities
    The fifth round of TAU for Local Communities project 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 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 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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    Join the Affiliated Act Locally Centers Network
    Join the Affiliated Act Locally Centers Network
    Submit your organization to the “Act Locally” Program – we are looking for new candidates 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: 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. 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. 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

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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 “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

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    “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
     
    The main objective of the program carried out until April 2015 in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is supporting public libraries in rural and rural-urban areas as well as towns with population of up to 20,000 inhabitants in their transformation into multifunctional centers which provide access to information, culture and education, and at the same time stimulate active citizenship. Thanks to the support lent to almost 4,000 libraries, residents of villages and small towns ...
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

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

    News
     
    “Bravo, We! Bravo, You!”
    “Bravo, We! Bravo, You!”
    On November 15-16, 2018, the 9th Polish Library Congress attended by over 260 librarians, representatives ...
    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

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    Common Good Seminar
    Common Good Seminar
    On June 6 and 7, the fifth Common Good Lab seminar was held at the Polish-American Freedom ...
    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

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    Reunion of the Lane Kirkland Program scholarship holders in Warsaw
    Reunion of the Lane Kirkland Program scholarship holders in Warsaw
    On February 13-15, the participants of the 19th edition of the Lane Kirkland Scholarship Program ...
    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 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

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    Seventh round of WEASA
    Seventh round of WEASA
    On July 9, 2019, Warsaw Euro-Atlantic Summer Academy (WEASA) was inaugurated at the Natolin ...
     
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    The 5th Conference of the Lane Kirkland Scholarship Program Alumni
     
    LANE KIRKLAND SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
    The 5th Conference of the Lane Kirkland Scholarship Program Alumni
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    The 5th Conference of the Lane Kirkland Scholarship Program Alumni

    Almost 300 people from 11 countries attended the 5th Conference of the Lane Kirkland Scholarship Program Alumni. The special guests of the congress were Professor Leszek Balcerowicz, Jarosław Pietras and Andrew Nagorski. This year conference was special because it was combined with the celebration of the 15th anniversary of the Polish-American Freedom Foundation and the Kirkland Program alumni took part also in that event.

    Almost 300 people representing alumni of all Kirkland Program editions came to Warsaw. Although the initiative is at present addressed to citizens of 9 countries, namely Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine, the conference was also attended by alumni from Lithuania and Slovakia, that is the countries covered by the program in its first years.

    The alumni congresses, held every 3-4 years, serve to maintain the ties of former scholarship holders with Poland, their mutual ties as well as help establish new contacts. They also make an opportunity to improve the Kirklander’s knowledge of Poland and the European Union, and enable discussion on the possible directions of transformation in the countries of the Region. Like in previous years, the agenda of the congress was rich and interesting and offered many meetings with prominent experts and renown public persons. The alumni themselves got actively involved in the congress preparations and they conducted workshops and thematic panel discussions.

    On the first day of the conference, after the gala celebrating the 15th anniversary of PAFF, the alumni had an opportunity to listen to lectures on three subjects: political transformation, the European integration and the transatlantic relations.

    Professor Leszek Balcerowicz, former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, former NBP President, Chairman of the Civil Development Foundation Board, gave a lecture on “Perspectives and problems of economic growth in Europe”, presenting the vision of the necessary reforms both in the EU countries, whose economies have been weakened by the recent crisis and in Central and Eastern Europe countries which struggle with development pitfalls and political conflict in the Region. The speech on the condition of the European Union in turbulent times was given by Jarosław Pietras, former Minister for European Affairs and Director General in the EU Council. He also shared with the Kirkland Program alumni his expertise in the area of negotiation, as he was one of the negotiators of Poland’s accession to the EU. In turn Andrew Nagorski, a columnist and writer, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Polish-American Freedom Foundation, presented his reflections on „The United States in the world: 2000-2015”, that is in the period of PAFF operation and implementation of the Kirkland Program. Each lecture was followed by an animated discussion between the participants and the lecturer.

    On the second day of the conference workshops were held, in the form of 15 thematic meetings held in three rounds. Each participant attended three workshops, selected at his own discretion. The meetings, conducted by the Polish guests, had mainly the form of Poland’s experience sharing in such areas as anti-corruption, conducted by Grażyna Kopińska of the Batory Foundation; the role of civil activities in the transformation process, conducted by Jakub Wygnański of the Unit for Social Innovation and Research “Shipyard”, watch-dog activities, discussed by Katarzyna Batko-Tołuć, Vice President of the Watchdog Polska civil network, and many others. The important subject was the problem of migration and its social consequences, that is the workshop conducted by Maciej Duszczyk, Ph.D. of the Institute of Social Policy at Warsaw University, as well as the workshop on ways of shaping the political situation by sources of information and various forms of media communications, presented on the example of Ukraine. That workshop was conducted by the KirklandPprogram alumnus Oleksandr Piddubny, a Ukrainian journalist and Maria Przełomiec, a Polish journalist, author and the host of the “East Studio” program. Two thematic meetings on establishing and continuation of the Kirklanders cooperation in the pro-reform activities and scientific work were conducted by the program alumni Oleh Levchenko and Sergiy Vasylyk from Ukraine.

    Each alumni congress is first of all a meeting of friends from the time of their stay in Poland. Today they are academics and professionals in various areas who face similar challenges in their countries. Their opinions and declarations confirm that the Kirkland program played a significant role in their lives. “I think about what the Kirkland Program gave me. I have ever thought high of all my experience gained during my studies in Poland. But now I value that even more because I understood that the biggest treasure I got are people. The Program has also broadened my horizons, gave me a great sense of self-confidence, of belief that I can succeed, and of course it gave me a lot of knowledge. I use all that now. I’m not sure if I have already achieved all that I could or if I still face new challenges. This conference was great. Once again thank you very much for everything,” Roman Kiflyuk, the Program alumnus of 2003/04 round, presently a member of the Ukrainian Radio and TV Broadcasting Board, said.

    The Lane Kirkland Scholarship Program, launched in 2000 by the Polish-American Freedom Foundation, has already had 654 alumni representing Central and Eastern Europe, South Caucasus and Central Asia, who studied in Poland at a one-year postgraduate courses. The scholarship holders represent such professional groups as academics, lawyers, civil servants, local government officers, NGO leaders and politicians. Many of the Program alumni play important roles in public, academic and social life in their countries. The Kirkland Program Alumni Conference, held on May 15-16, 2015, was the fifth in row; the former ones were in 2003, 2005, 2008 and 2011.

    by Przemysław Zaroń
    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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