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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

    News
     
    “English Teaching” awarded European Language Label
    “English Teaching” awarded European Language Label
    The “English Teaching” Program founded by the Polish-American ...
    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

    News
     
    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

    News
     
    “OK Notebook” – “LES” Conference For School Principals
    “OK Notebook” – “LES” Conference For School Principals
    School principals from all over Poland participated ...
    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

    News
     
    Second year of students graduated from the School of Education
    Second year of students graduated from the School of Education
    “I want to be authentic as a teacher. Acceptance, empathy, ...
    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

    News
     
    “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

    News
     
    We know the best students in management
    We know the best students in management
    Students of economics and management  from universities ...
    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

    News
     
    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 ...
    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
     
    The 4th edition of “PROMENGO” is on
    The 4th edition of “PROMENGO” is on
    On February 2, 2017, a lecture given by Prof. Andrzej ...
    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 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

    News
     
    New challenges, new tools, good practices
    New challenges, new tools, good practices
    The “New challenges, new tools, good practices” training ...
    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. Puławska 14, 02-512 Warszawa
    Contact person: Dawid Szarański
    mobile: +48 530-69-11-99

    News
     
    Sector 3.0 Festival "Let’s know-how!"
    Sector 3.0 Festival "Let’s know-how!"
    Over 800 participants, nearly 70 speakers – 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

    News
     
    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 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 supports also the Bolesław Wierzbiański Competition for local newspapers.
    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 ...
    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
     
    “The Library for Creators” - 8th Public Libraries’ Convention
    “The Library for Creators” - 8th Public Libraries’ Convention
    The 8th Public Libraries’ Convention organized by the ...
    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

    News
     
    “PAFF Local Partnerships” – tutoring launched
    “PAFF Local Partnerships” – tutoring launched
    On April 9 and 10, the meeting opening a six-week-long ...
    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

    News
     
    Kirklanders initiated the process of creating the promotional strategy for Brest
    Kirklanders initiated the process of creating the promotional strategy for Brest
    On April 5, the Tourism Potential of Brest. Strategy ...
    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
    fax (48 22) 635-40-06, 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 ...
    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

    News
     
    Sharing Polish local government experience with Ukraine
    Sharing Polish local government experience with Ukraine
    As part of the support for local government reform ...
     
    Together we can do more, or what’s new in PAFF Local Partnerships?
     
    PAFF LOCAL PARTNERSHIPS
    Together we can do more, or what’s new in PAFF Local Partnerships?
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    PAFF LOCAL PARTNERSHIPS
    Together we can do more, or what’s new in PAFF Local Partnerships?

    For several months eight PAFF Local Partnerships in twelve municipalities and rural communities all over Poland have been working to improve their neighborhoods. There is no need to look for problems and their reasons – the organizations that have established partnerships work together to build common good that will improve the quality of life and make friendly space. Their projects have just crossed the half-way point, and the results are really impressive.

    Let’s check how they are doing!

    Warka and its neighborhood can boast creating the Apple Trail, inaugurated on May 12. It was built as part of the Fruit of our Passion partnership project, the leader of which is W.A.R.K.A. Association. Why the apple? This was obvious for every resident, as an apple is the most frequent and obvious association with that part of Mazovia Region. Many apple orchards became the symbol of the region. The Partnership, willing to promote a local product and make its neighborhood unique, has activated the local community and planned many actions, including Winter Change that allowed to animate the town space not only through decorating the Christmas trees with apples but also organizing a popular Christmas fair. They also found an unusual channel of social communication in Warka by placing the Contact Box in the middle of Town Square, which will be the place of cultural events, and meeting/relaxing for both residents and guests. During summer holidays the Apple Festival is planned, where people will have the opportunity to try apple pie, apple cider and other delicious apple dishes.

    Wielka Wieś in Małopolskie Province has been a headquarters of the battle against pollution. The residents of this rural community have agreed that clean air is a common good which shall be protected and cared for, and therefore they have planned many actions engaging various participants. For example students from Kraków AGH helped to install as many as 21 pollution sensors! The results are monitored by 50 volunteers, members of the Fresh Volunteering Circles. There was also a competition for the municipal anti-pollution logo which is now placed on the ecologic shopping bags used to carry shopping by Wielka Wieś residents! What’s more, the local partnership involves all age groups. There are meeting on pollution or burning things in stoves; art competitions for children from kindergartens and first grades of elementary schools, as well as mini-projects in all villages of the community (such as comics workshops, literary competitions, anti-pollution marches). Soon the Partnership will hold the gala summing up the Eco-selfie – I’m green! community competition.

    The Network of Places Friendly to Young People – so called MPMy (Polish abbreviation) is an initiative of a partnership covering four communities in Podkarpackie Province: Błażowa, Boguchwała, Chmielnik and Lubenia. The leader is Generator of Inspiration Foundation. The target group are young people, and the objective – creating a space that will be friendly towards them and stimulate their development. Two such places have already launched their operation and become very popular. One of them was established in Social Climatic Café in Boguchwała, and another in the Communal Public Library in Chmielnik. They both offer plenty of activities addressed to young people and carried out by them. For example, there was a Coffee in return for a book campaign which helped to collect set books, and Zumba marathon, and a series of healthy food workshops.

    Geologists say there is no threat of a volcano eruption in Poland but we know better! The Volcano Activity Center, designed and built by Our Rio Association volunteers is now created in Złotoryja. It will be a core element of the Young People discover secrets and potential of the Region project. The objective is not only cultural education of young people but also giving them opportunity to establish cooperation, share experiences and mutually inspiring both the young and the old. “The Great Eruption”, that is the Center opening, is scheduled for June, 22.

    Also We make a village – The cracking village council! project implemented in Główczyce community is based on intergenerational cooperation. The residents decided that regardless of their age, everybody shall have the chance to co-decide about their locality. Therefore, in cooperation with village councils, they have organized a mini-grant competition and decided to co-finance 8 initiatives responding to needs of various groups of people. One of them, Pumpkins grow in Stowęcin, has already been launched. It promotes growing vegetables. However, in Główczyce not only pumpkins grow. The partnership has also started the Germinating culture project, which will present the region’s traditions in form of street art.

    The partnership of Szadek community is implementing a very tasty project – With traditional bread into 21st century. The objective is to bring back the tradition of baking bread at home. The preparations are on to build two bread stoves for all residents, and it is planned that the area around them will become the common space to meet neighbors. The local elementary school has already carried out a series of From a seed to a loaf of bread lessons to teach the pupils how bread is made, as well as the recitation contest under the same title. Soon a series of workshops for families will start and everybody will be invited to learn the best bakers’ secrets. It is also planned to publish the tourist guide on the region, and a cookbook.

    Now let’s go to the area of Kozłowiecki National Park. You can see that partners form Niemce community take special care of this place. To allow use all tourist attractions of this Park, the initiative group led by Sempre a Frente Foundation has established a Youth Forest Guard. That project is a response to the need of having contact with nature that is not littered by a man. Almost 50 young people got engaged into ecologic and protection activities. They also can participate in specialist workshops, where they learn about taking photos, or topography, ornithology, etc. The members of the group got uniforms and were divided into patrol groups. You can really feel safe in that forest!

    Diversity of projects implemented under the PAFF Local Partnerships shows that the term “common good” has lots of meanings. It is very well reflected by the name of the initiative implemented in Myślenice and Dobczyce – the Kaleidoscope of Partnership. The leaders of these municipalities decided to join hands and create the environment supporting NGOs in the region. Therefore they regularly hold so called Citizen Cafes where representatives of non-governmental organizations meet to develop solutions for problems important for residents, inspire each other and share their knowledge. In the coming months they plan to establish a scholarship fund which will support talented students from the region, and prepare a schedule of important local events.

    PAFF Local Partnerships” is a program of the Polish-American Freedom Foundation, managed by the Academy for the Development of Philanthropy in Poland. Is objective is to initiate and develop cooperation among organizations, institutions and people implementing various PAFF programs.

    To find more about PAFF Local Partnerships visit:

    www.lokalnepartnerstwa.org.pl

    and the: www.facebook.com/LokalnePartnerstwaPAFW fan page

    by Weronika Chrapońska-Chmielewska, the Academy for the Development of Philanthropy in Poland
    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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