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    ENGLISH TEACHING
     
    The program is addressed to schools, teachers and non-governmental organizations. Through training and grant competitions, it supports efforts aimed at improving the quality of English language teaching to children and youth from small towns and rural areas. As part of the program, the annual nationwide meetings for English teachers are held. The most active teachers – the “Ambassadors of the Program” – have a chance to implement their own projects. They also promote the program and teachers’ networking.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The “Nida” Development Foundation
    3 Rzemieślnicza St., 13-100 Nidzica
    tel. (48 89) 625-36-51, tel./fax (48 89) 625-36-62
    e-mail: et@nida.pl

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    16th English Teaching Market
    16th English Teaching Market
    The main objectives of English Teaching Market educational ...
    EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES
     
    A system of support for local initiatives aimed at equalizing educational opportunities for comprehensive development of children and youth from small towns and rural areas. The program consists of cyclical grant competitions as well as training and regional forums allowing to exchange experiences between NGOs and other entities involved in projects educating and training the children and youth.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Polish Children and Youth Foundation
    6 Kredytowa St. Ap. 20, 00-062 Warsaw
    tel./fax (48 22) 826-10-16
    e-mail: rownacszanse@pcyf.org.pl

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    Youth Leaders Training
    Youth Leaders Training
    The Polish Children and Youth Foundation is recruiting ...
    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 Polish-American Principal Academy 2018
    The Polish-American Principal Academy 2018
    The Polish-American Principal Academy is an annual ...
    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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    School of Education has started its third year
    School of Education has started its third year
    The inauguration ceremony on August 20, 2018 was attended ...
    PROJECTOR - STUDENT VOLUNTEERS
     
    The idea behind this program is to tap into the intellectual potential and activities of university students in order to help create equal educational opportunities for children and youth from small localities. This is achieved by having groups of student-volunteers carry out educational projects at schools during their free time.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

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

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    “PROJECTOR” and PHA extend horizons
    “PROJECTOR” and PHA extend horizons
    The Polish Humanitarian Action volunteers will use ...
    BRIDGE SCHOLARSHIPS
     
    A joint undertaking by various organizations and firms, addressed to talented high-school graduates from rural areas and small towns, that enables them to receive scholarships for their first year of academic study. Scholarship holders who do very well in their academic pursuits have also a chance to obtain assistance for subsequent years of study: for the second year (the “Top Student” competition), corporate scholarships for the third and fourth year, scholarships through the “Study Abroad” initiative ...
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Educational Enterprise Foundation
    27/29 Sterlinga St., 90-212 Lodz
    tel. (48 42) 632-59-91, 631-95-58, fax (48 42) 630-27-81
    e-mail: fep@fep.lodz.pl

    Polish-American Internship Initiative: www.paii.pl

    The Good Network Foundation (“My Scholarship” and “e-volunteering”)
    ul. Marszałkowska 6/17, 00-590 Warszawa
    tel. (22) 825 70 22
    e-mail: biuro@dobrasiec.org
    www.dobrasiec.org

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    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 ...
    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 ...
    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 ...
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    „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 ...
    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 ...
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    The Academy for the Development of Philantrophy in Poland
    6 Marszałkowska St. Ap. 6, 00-590 Warsaw
    tel. (48 22) 622-01-22, fax (48 22) 622-02-11
    e-mail: arfp@filantropia.org.pl

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    Ukrainian NGOs visited Poland
    Ukrainian NGOs visited Poland
    On September 17-21, 2018, the Polish-American Freedom ...
    SECTOR 3.0
     
    The aim of the program is to broaden knowledge and skills of non-governmental organizations’ employees and activists in practical use of modern information and communication technologies. The program comprises several components: educational, which is implemented through the technologie.ngo.pl portal; promotional, under which the „Sector 3.0” conferences and meetings in the TechClub network are cyclically held; consultative, which lends support through training and consultations provided by ICT Mobile ...
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    The Information Society Development Foundation
    ul. Puławska 14, 02-512 Warszawa
    Contact person: Dawid Szarański
    mobile: +48 530-69-11-99

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    European Digital Skills confers “Sector 3.0” with a honorable mention
    European Digital Skills confers “Sector 3.0” with a honorable mention
    The “Sector 3.0” Program won a honorable mention at ...
    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 ...
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    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 ...
    "PRO PUBLICO BONO" COMPETITION
     
    The “Pro Publico Bono” Competition for the Best Civil Initiative was launched in 1999 by Prime Minister Jerzy Buzek. Since 2000, the Polish-American Freedom Foundation has funded the prizes awarded in the Competition.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The „Pro Publico Bono” Competition Foundation (2000-2014)
    The Local Press Association

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

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    “Bravo, We! Bravo, You!”
    “Bravo, We! Bravo, You!”
    On November 15-16, 2018, the 9th Polish Library Congress ...
    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 ...
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    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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    How to build a local partnership effectively
    How to build a local partnership effectively
    In October, a series of workshops attended by representatives ...
    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.
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    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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    Kirklanders met in Poznań
    Kirklanders met in Poznań
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    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.
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    The Education for Democracy Foundation
    9/11 Nowolipie St., 00-150 Warsaw
    e-mail: rita@fed.org.pl

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    Ambassadors of Transition in the Region met in Łódź
    Ambassadors of Transition in the Region met in Łódź
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    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 ...
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    The Leaders of Change Foundation
    Al. Jerozolimskie 133 lok. 56
    02-304 Warszawa
    e-mail: stp@studytours.pl

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    Inauguration of the 6th round of Warsaw Euro-Atlantic Summer Academy
    Inauguration of the 6th round of Warsaw Euro-Atlantic Summer Academy
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    • The finals of the “Contemporaries of Independent Poland” competition
    • The finals of the “Contemporaries of Independent Poland” competition
    • The finals of the “Contemporaries of Independent Poland” competition
    • The finals of the “Contemporaries of Independent Poland” competition
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    The finals of the “Contemporaries of Independent Poland” competition
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    The finals of the “Contemporaries of Independent Poland” competition

    On November 9, 2018 the finals of the “Contemporaries of Independent Poland” competition to celebrate the Centenary of Regaining Independence by Poland was held at the History Meeting House in Warsaw.

    There were short video presentations of the projects, and talks with the Project Teams by Agnieszka Kudełka of Ośrodek KARTA and Krzysztof Willmann, a literature scholar and an expert of the Polish Declarations of Admiration and Friendship for the United States. Next Zbigniew Gluza, the President of Ośrodek KARTA announced the Competition Committee’s decision, and the prizes were presented to the winners.

    The “Contemporaries of Independent Poland” competition was announced by the Ośrodek KARTA as part of the Infinitely Independent project to celebrate the Centenary of Regaining Independence by Poland. It was based on the Polish Declarations of Admiration and Friendship for the United States. The document, posted on the “Infinitely Independent – People” website, consists of 111-volume album of greetings for the American people to acknowledge American support for regaining independence by Poland and humanitarian aid after World War I. It consists of 30,000 pages with signatures of 5.5 million Polish citizens of all nationalities, collected in 1926. The youngest of those who signed the Declarations were 7 years old – they were born in 1918 and were the contemporaries of Independent Poland. Hence the title of the competition that was addressed to young people. Its organizers assumed that every community, every school, every student might find a close, important or interesting person among those who signed the Declarations and telling their stories trace also a piece of Poland’s history. It was assumed that the stories would make a collective portrait of the society of Second Republic of Poland and would be an original way of celebrating the Centenary of Regaining Independence, also at a local level.

    Originally, the new authors working within various institutions (schools, libraries, cultural centers, but also informal groups, family, etc.) were offered to choose one of the two paths – either to use collected source material for presentation of their hero’s biography or to carry out activities stimulating their local community with reference to and inspired by their hero’s life. Since most of the works submitted to the competition had elements of both paths, the Competition Committee decided to assess all works without breaking them down into different categories.

    Some of the works submitted to the competition described the fate of quite a number of people whose signatures had been found by the authors of the work in the Declarations and who had been residents of the community or students at a local school. The other works presented extensive, well-documented life of a single person. Some of the source material was researched as far away as Eastern Borderlands of the Second Republic of Poland, and some – at place, in the family or school archives. The material found was presented in various forms – as multimedia presentation, documentary, video recording, historical reconstruction, exhibition, or published as a book, newspaper article, comics or even outdoor game. Several works combined various elements.

    The Competition Committee concluded that the projects brought a lot of new knowledge and had permanent impact on local communities, while many of them turned out to be only the starting point for further historical exploration of the Declarations.

    Working in two stages, the Competition Committee awarded the following prizes:

    1st Prize: PLN 4,500

    1. Jakub Dzik from Startowa Non-public Junior High School in Warsaw, Maja Dzik of No 359 Elementary School in Warsaw, Michał Dziergas, Mikołaj Szostak, Nikodem Nycz, Patryk Góra of High School Complex in Bestwina, for The Contemporaries of Independent Poland From Janowice – 100 Years Of Service For The Big And The Small Homeland project presenting the lives of 41 relatives of the project authors; the supervisors – Katarzyna Dzik from Warsaw and Dorota Surowiak from Bestwina.
    2. Paulina Basek, Krzysztof Bogusz, Karolina Kosil, Olga Łukasiewicz, Dawid Nagadowski, Igor Pazura, Wiktoria Podstawka, Miłosz Rosa, Julia Wiśniewska of the Municipal Public Library in Stoczek Łukowski, for The Contemporaries of Independent Poland From Stoczek Łukowski video based on the school photo. The video tells about the Stoczek community in the period between WWI and WWII as illustrated by the lives of teachers and 12 Jewish students who had signed the Declarations; the supervisors – Agnieszka Barej, a librarian at the Municipal Public Library in Stoczek Łukowski and Hanna Stosio – the president of Friends of Stoczek Łukowski Society.

    2nd Prize: PLN 3,500

    1. Szymon Konik, Miłosz Dąbrowski, Patrycja Poznańska, Zuzanna Nienałtowska, Milena Urbańska, Amelia Wiszenko of Rev. Wacław Rabczyński Elemantary School No. 1in Wasilków, for Józef Fiedorowicz – On The Traces Of Clandestine Education project in form of historical reconstruction commented by the historians/students; the supervisor – Mariusz Sokołowski – a history teacher.
    2. Barbara Orzeł and Milan Koczar of Karol Miarka Senior High School No. 1 with Bilingual Classes in Żory, and Błażej Konsek of Nicolaus Copernicus Construction and IT School Complex in Żory for Augustyn Wróbel – One Of 5.5 Million project consisting of a video, biography book and exhibition (with the elements of a happening) presenting typical and untypical life of a Silesian; the supervisor – Elżbieta Koczar , an employee of the Municipal Cultural Center in Żory and mother of a Team member.

    3rd Prize: PLN 2,500

    1. Franciszek Podłęcki, Dawid Reczek, Dariusz Piotr Sapeta, Magdalena Borowiec, Zuzanna Gemza of Nicolaus Copernicus Senior High School at High School Complex No.1 in Brzesko for biographical documentary With Work and Truth – Baron Jan Albin Götz Okocimski (1864–1931) on the life of founder and the supervisor of the school in Okocim who was mentioned in the Declarations; the supervisor – Piotr Paweł Duda, Ph.D., a history and social sciences teacher.
    2. Ewelina Banaszek, Jakub Kosakowski, Dominik Gałązka of School Complex in Dobre Miasto, for They Left A Trace – About Students Of Junior High School In Drohobycz project consisting of video and exhibition showing lives of four students and their teacher – Bruno Schulz; the supervisor – Alina Ślimak , a Polish teacher.

    Book awards consisting of sets of books for institutions supervising the Teams of Authors work, worth PLN 300 each, went to:

    1. Patrycja Letkiman, Weronika Kaczorowska, Maria Kołaczkowska, Zuzanna Gierwatowska of John Paul II School Complex No. 2 in Narzym for Narzym – Generations project presenting several of 60 Narzym residents who signed the Declarations; the supervisor – Anna Szambora-Jaszewska.
    2. Klaudia Łojewska, Mateusz Kujawski, Mateusz Kazanowski of Witold Pilecki Senior High School No.4 in Piaseczno for Jan Stryczyński in Memories and Photos multi-media presentation; the supervisor – Izabela Kłagisz, a history teacher.
    3. Mateusz Nowak, Wiktor Zagozdon, Jakub Chromiński of Witold Pilecki Senior High School No.4 in Piaseczno for the History of a Woman project in format of a journalistic interview; the supervisor – Izabela Turlejska, a librarian.
    4. Aleksandra Oskierko, Julia Kołakowska, Wiktor Kłobuchowski of Witold Pilecki Senior High School No.4 in Piaseczno for Freedom Is Priceless fiction film presenting the story about two brothers – members of Home Army, prisoners of a concentration camp and Stalinist prisons; the supervisor – Dariusz Wasilewski, a history teacher.
    5. Jan Marszałek, Lena Mazurkiewicz, Nikodem Leś, Izabela Bigos, Izabela Hajec, Klaudia Rataj of No.3 Senior High School at the School Complex in Przecław for Władysław Żątowski – a Contemporary of Independent Poland project consisting of the Independence Evening multimedia presentation and an outdoor game; the supervisor – Stanisław Wilczyński, a history teacher.
    6. Maria Lichograj, Mikołaj Łupiński, Julita Łyś, Michalina Moszyńska, Klaudia Soszyńska, Piotr Prekurat, Klaudia Rombel, Justyna Szczygielska of Komisja Edukacji Narodowej No.1 Elementary School in Siedlce, for Haunted House and The School Sweethearts projects consisting of artistic variations on history; the supervisors – Ewa Wysocka, a Polish teacher, Jolanta Hardej and Małgorzata Olczak, librarians at No.1 Elementary School in Siedlce.
    7. Natalia Irek, Aleksandra Szot, Kacper Trzaskowski of No 124 Senior High School at Father Jakub Falkowski Institute for the Deaf in Warsaw for Ludgard Hendzel – a graduate of the Institute for Deaf in Warsaw; the supervisor – Ewa Czerkawska, an English teacher.
    8. Iga Pękul, Patrycja Suwała, Małgorzata Konecka, Olga Durjasz, Maciej Malczewski of Jan Kiliński No 31 School Complex in Warsaw for What We Haven’t Learned at Our History Lessons project consisting of an interview with a 103 years old person who signed the Declarations; the supervisor – Igor Białostocki, a history teacher.
    9. Piotr Pytlarczyk, Klaudia Burs, Joanna Grzegorczyk of Prince Józef Poniatowski No. 5 Senior High School in Warsaw for presentation on the school graduates prepared for the 100th anniversary of the School; the supervisor – Romualda Kuśmierczyk, a history teacher.

    The Polish-American Freedom Foundation was the Partner in the competition.

    For more information visit: nieskonczenieniepodlegla-ludzie.pl

    Source: Ośrodek KARTA, Photos by Maciej Łabudzki
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