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

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

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    English Teaching Educational Support Package
    English Teaching Educational Support Package
    Due to the difficult pandemic situation in Poland which induced certain changes in educational ...
    EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES
     
    A system of support for local initiatives aimed at equalizing educational opportunities for comprehensive development of children and youth from small towns and rural areas. The program consists of cyclical grant competitions as well as training and regional forums allowing to exchange experiences between NGOs and other entities involved in projects educating and training the children and youth.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

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

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    They are 3D printing – and counteracting the pandemic
    They are 3D printing – and counteracting the pandemic
    An excellent example of how some of the projects implemented as part of PAFF programs during ...
    THE LEARNING SCHOOLS (LES)
     
    The purpose of this program is to improve the quality of Polish education through the use of the best foreign models. It promotes cooperation in teachers’ teams, self-evaluation, and improved teaching and assessment methods. Schools develop organizational solutions best suited to their environment, monitor the outcomes of their activities and share best practices. Under the program, post-graduate studies for school principals and interactive Internet courses for teachers are provided. Particular ...
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Center for Citizenship Education Foundation
    10 Noakowskiego St. Ap. 1, 00-666 Warsaw
    tel. (48 22) 875-85-40, fax (48 22) 875-85-40 int. 102
    e-mail: ceo@ceo.org.pl

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    How NGOs support distance learning
    How NGOs support distance learning
    Polish educational system has faced a challenge related to COVID-19 pandemic and closure of ...
    PAFF AND UW SCHOOL OF EDUCATION
     
    The objective of the program, implemented jointly with the University of Warsaw, is to prepare candidates to teacher profession. At present, this one-year postgraduate full-time studies that closely combines theory with practice are addressed to graduates of MA/MSc studies in Polish language, math, biology and history. The innovative curriculum was developed in cooperation with Teachers College, Columbia University, New York.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Foundation for Quality Education
    ul. Banacha 2C, 02-097 Warszawa
    tel. (22) 55 43 790, (22) 55 43 789
    e-mail: kontakt@szkolaedukacji.pl

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    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

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    “Edit Distance Knowledge” – the initiative summing up
    “Edit Distance Knowledge” – the initiative summing up
    Student  volunteers active in the “PROJECTOR” Program decided to free parents who work at home ...
    BRIDGE SCHOLARSHIPS
     
    A joint undertaking by NGOs, public institutions and firms, addressed to talented high-school graduates from rural areas and small towns, that enables them to receive scholarships for their first year of academic study. Scholarship holders who do very well in their academic pursuits have also a chance to obtain assistance for subsequent years of study: for the second year (the “Top Student” competition), corporate scholarships for the third and fourth year, scholarships through the Study Abroad initiative ...
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

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

    Polish-American Internship Initiative: www.paii.pl

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

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    Give a chance for a Diploma of Dreams!
    Give a chance for a Diploma of Dreams!
    The Diploma of Dreams competition held for local NGOs and informal groups willing to participate ...
    THIRD AGE UNIVERSITIES (TAU)
     
    The objective of this program is to stimulate social energy of the senior citizens. It is carried out at two different levels: the Seniors in Action grant competition, under which senior citizens come up with an idea and carry out projects for the benefit of their local communities and intergenerational integration as well as support for the Third Age Universities through training opportunities and mini-grants for cyclical activities promoting volunteering.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

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

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    Seniors for local communities
    Seniors for local communities
    The fifth round of TAU for Local Communities project is on. The project is implemented under ...
    SUPPORT FOR NGOS
     
    An information and support system for Polish NGOs and civic initiatives. It includes the Non-Governmental Organizations’ Portal www.ngo.pl, the free Infoline 801-646-719, a database of organizations and institutions and the “Third Sector” quarterly. The program also offers training, counseling and publications on NGO management (“FIMANGO”, “PROMENGO” and Kursodrom.pl platform). Furthermore, it supports non-governmental organizations with information and advocacy efforts designed to help them effectively ...
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    „MIS@NGO”: The Klon/Jawor Association
    5 Szpitalna St. Ap. 5, 00-031 Warsaw
    Info-line (48) 801-646-719, fax (48 22) 828-91-29
    e-mail: klon@klon.org.pl
    Non-governmental Organization's Portal: www.ngo.pl
    www.eu.ngo.pl

    "FIMANGO": The Civil Society Development Foundation
    6 Kłopotowskiego St., Apt. 59/60, 03-717 Warsaw
    tel.(48 22) 616-33-16, fax (48 22) 616-32-46,
    e-mail: fimango@frso.pl

    “NGO Training”: The Academy of Civic Organizations Foundation
    ul. Królowej Marysieńki 48
    02-954 Warszawa
    tel. (22) 550 28 10
    e-mail: faoo@faoo.pl
    www.kursodrom.pl

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    New image of ngo.pl portal
    New image of ngo.pl portal
    Clear and understandable, intuitively navigated, with content presented in attractive form, ...
    ACT LOCALLY
     
    The grant competitions organized by the network of Act Locally Centers (ALC) lend support to various initiatives of non-governmental organizations and informal groups that activate communities of small towns, foster developmental aspirations, contribute to building the social capital and in consequence improve the quality of life. The undertaken activities are founded on cooperation of various partners. They respond to specific needs of a given community, improve the quality of life and, in the long ...
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

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

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    Institutional Support Fund for Act Locally Centers
    Institutional Support Fund for Act Locally Centers
    The “Act Locally” Program has launched institutional support for Act Locally Centers which ...
    SECTOR 3.0
     
    The aim of the program is to broaden knowledge and skills of non-governmental organizations’ employees and activists in practical use of modern information and communication technologies. The program comprises several components: informational, which is implemented through the website and the blog; promotional, under which the Sector 3.0 Festivals and meetings in the TechClub network are cyclically held; consultative, which lends support through training and consultations provided by ICT Mobile Advisors; ...
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Information Society Development Foundation
    ul. Kopernika 17, 00-359 Warszawa
    tel.: (48 22) 123 90 20
    Contact person: Dawid Szarański
    mobile: +48 530-69-11-99

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    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

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    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

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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
     
    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

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    “Different. Equal. Important” – Jubilee Library Congress
    “Different. Equal. Important” – Jubilee Library Congress
    On November 26 and 27, librarians who came from all over Poland discussed various social groups’ ...
    PAFF LOCAL PARTNERSHIPS
     
    The purpose of the program is to initiate and develop cooperation among beneficiaries of various PAFF programs who establish Local Partnerships and involve other local organizations and institutions, as well as entrepreneurs, self-government bodies, and media into implementation of partnership projects responding to diagnosed local community needs. Their activities, using the method of animating local communities worked out in the program, contribute to consolidation of the social capital through ...
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Academy for the Development of Philanthropy in Poland
    ul. Marszałkowska 6/6, 00-590 Warszawa
    tel. (22) 622-01-22, fax (22) 622-02-11

    News
     
    Tutorial for Initiative Groups has started
    Tutorial for Initiative Groups has started
    On June 4, a virtual meeting opening the tutorial process under the 7th round of the “PAFF ...
    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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    Kirkland Research for Belarus – the enrollment is on
    Kirkland Research for Belarus – the enrollment is on
    The enrollment to a special round of Kirkland Research Program for candidates from Belarus ...
    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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    The third Convention of Public Libraries – the “Library with a concept”
     
    LIBRARY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
    The third Convention of Public Libraries – the “Library with a concept”
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    The third Convention of Public Libraries – the “Library with a concept”

    The third all-Poland Convention of Public Libraries organized under the 'Library with a concept' slogan was held in Warsaw on October 11-12, 2012. The meeting was attended by over 400 people, mainly librarians from small towns and villages, members of the National Partnership for the Library Development and representatives of non-governmental organizations.

    The Convention was opened by Jerzy Koźmiński, the Polish-American Freedom Foundation’s President & CEO and the ISDF Chairman of the Board, and Rafał Kramza, Information Society Development Foundation President and Library Development Program Director. The Convention’s opening session took place in the “Wisła” movie theater in Warsaw. In his speech, President Koźmiński recounted the Library Development Program origins and objectives emphasizing that the principal goal of the Program is to assist libraries in transforming themselves into modern, multi-function, information, cultural and education centers stimulating civic involvement. He also stressed how important it is to build the Program’s sustainability and facilitate its results. Rafał Kramza, in turn, referred to the slogan of the Convention pointing out that the idea behind is to create a portfolio of guidelines, which later can be individually interpreted and developed by each of the participating libraries.

    Words of appreciation for the Convention participants were sent by the First Lady Anna Komorowska, who together with President of the City of Warsaw Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz assumed the patronage over the Convention. In her letter Anna Komorowska emphasized the important role played by libraries in the society as well as their universal values. Anna Duńczyk-Szulc, Vice Director of the State Patronage Department at the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage read out the letter from Minister Bogdan Zdrojewski who thanked librarians for their involvement in the development of culture and strengthening the library’s traditional role while at the same time opening it to new forms of activity. President of the City of Warsaw Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz, in turn, in her letter referred to the key role of a library as an open to all, common place that serves as a catalyst for local community stimulation. The letter from the President of Warsaw was read out by Małgorzata Naimska, Vice Director of the Office of Culture at the Warsaw City Council.

    The important part of the Convention opening session was the lecture given by Darren Hoerner, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s representative. ‘We must prepare libraries for the future, and a library with a concept responds to that by creating new activities and ways of acting,’ said Hoerner who encouraged the participants to inspire each other and develop knowledge gained during the Convention.

    The opening session was also a good opportunity to present the winners of the ‘Library – place for the safe Internet’ competition which accompanied the campaign popularizing rules of safety on the web among young library users. The competition was organized by the Information Society Development Foundation in partnership with Microsoft, Orange Foundation and Nobody’s Children Foundation. Next, the Olga Rok Scholarship for personal development of librarians working in public libraries in villages and towns of up to 20,000 residents was granted. This year the scholarship in the amount of PLN 2,500 was awarded to Urszula Kopeć-Zaborniak, Director of the Town Public Library in Cieszanów. The honorary patron of this initiative is Agnieszka Kozłowska-Rajewicz, Government Plenipotentiary for Equal Treatment.

    Next, the Convention participants listened to the lecture given by Jens Thorhauge, library expert from Denmark. Thorhauge emphasized that within the last fifteen years libraries have transformed from institutions focused exclusively on collecting books to places where people can use digital services co-created by representatives of local communities. He also pointed out to challenges faced by libraries and indicated methods of dealing with them by the appropriate planning of activities. ‘Libraries must change if they want to meet the challenges of the present world. In democratic societies these changes are based on people’s personal development, dialogue, good social relations and pursuit of the common good,’ he said.

    Jens Thorhauge’s presentation was a starting point for the the ‘Library with a concept – values’ debate with the participation of Elżbieta Stefańczyk, Chairperson of the Polish Librarians Association, Tomasz Makowski, Ph.D., Director of the National Library, Joanna Orlik, Director at the Malopolska Institute of Culture and Alek Tarkowski, Ph.D, Director at the Digital Center Project Poland. Among key values the panelists listed stability and sustainability, presence in residents’ mentality, universality, education and integration.

    During two-day workshops that took place in Fort Sokolnicki, the librarians had an opportunity to broaden their knowledge and improve practical skills. There were 36 workshop sessions referring to individual areas of a library concept, such as integration, openness, cooperation, culture, education, team, arguments, information and inspiration. The participants learned, among other things, how a library can promote a healthy life style, how to support local artists, how to attract people thanks to a modern design and present the library in an attractive way in the community media as well as how to use the open resources available on the Internet.

    The Public Libraries Convention was also an occasion for the meeting of the National Partnership for Library Development, a body which comprises representatives of the world of science, art, economy, media, politics and the non-governmental sector. The significance of numerous people representing various environments involvement in the actions benefitting the Program was emphasized in a joint letter of the First Lady Anna Komorowska and the President’s Chancellery Chief Jacek Michałowski addressed to the participants in the National Partnership meeting. ‘President Bronisław Komorowski believes that the involvement of various environments in well-thought-out strategies of the country development is a clear sign of modern patriotism and attention paid to Polish matters,’ the letter reads. During the meeting, Professor Anna Giza-Poleszczuk presented findings of the Unit for Social Innovation and Research “Shipyard” Foundation’s research, commissioned by the Information Society Development Foundation after three years of the Library Development Program implementation. The research was carried out in communes participating in the Program and its aim was to answer the question how users benefit from libraries. The findings of this research were summed up in a “What do Poles need libraries for?’ report. Next, Darren Hoerner explained why the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation attaches such great importance to the Program’s impact and Paule Andre Baran and Matej Novak, representatives of IREX implementing the programs corresponding to the Library Development Program in Romania and Ukraine, referred to the situation of libraries in their countries and shared their experiences gained during the Program’s implementation.

    The Polish-American Freedom Foundation is a partner of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in this undertaking. The Manager of the Program in Poland is the Information Society Development Foundation, established in 2008 by the PAFF. Libraries and their branches in rural areas and small towns (up to 20,000 inhabitants) participate in this undertaking. The principal goal of the Library Development Program is to assist them in transforming themselves into modern, multi-function information, cultural and education centers stimulating civic involvement. Thanks to the assistance received by nearly 3,327 libraries in more than one thousand various communes, tens of thousands of rural residents and small townsfolk will gain an opportunity to improve their quality of life.

    by Joanna Lempart-Winnicka
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

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

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