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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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    Youth Leaders Training
    Youth Leaders Training
    The Polish Children and Youth Foundation is recruiting candidates for Youth Leaders Training ...
    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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    Members of the Board of Directors visited the School of Education
    Members of the Board of Directors visited the School of Education
    How to teach methods of working with young people? What didactic tools are offered by the School ...
    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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    ALC met in Warsaw
    ALC met in Warsaw
    The annual Act Locally Centers meeting was held in Warsaw on March 21 and 22. Representatives ...
    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

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    “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

    News
     
    How to build a local partnership effectively
    How to build a local partnership effectively
    In October, a series of workshops attended by representatives of newly established PAFF local ...
    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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    Inauguration of the 6th round of Warsaw Euro-Atlantic Summer Academy
    Inauguration of the 6th round of Warsaw Euro-Atlantic Summer Academy
    The 6th round of Warsaw Euro-Atlantic Summer Academy (WEASA) was inaugurated at the College ...
     
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    The ceremonial inauguration of the 12th edition of the Bridge Scholarships Program took place at the Presidential Palace on November 27, 2013. The event was attended by First Lady Anna Komorowska who assumed an honorary patronage over it, and Minister Jacek Michałowski, Chief of the Chancellery of the President of Poland.

    ‘I am glad that I can for the second time support this extremely important initiative, which opens the road to education at Polish universities for gifted young people from villages and small towns,’ said Anna Komorowska.

    ‘A Roman proverb says that audaces fortuna iuvat, that is “fortune favors the brave”. You are brave, because despite serious objective difficulties you have decided to continue your studies, and what is more, you are brave enough to ask for granting you a scholarship; you were not afraid to do that, not ashamed,’ the wife of the President of Poland told the scholarship holders present at the inauguration ceremony.

    The ceremony opening the 12th edition of the Bridge Scholarships Program was attended by the representatives of organizations and institutions supporting the Program, including Professor Jerzy Dietl, President of the Educational Enterprise Foundation which is the Program Manager, President of the Agricultural Property Agency Leszek Świętochowski, Director of the Education and Publishing Department of the National Bank of Poland Dariusz Jadowski, President of the Foundation of the National Bank of Poland Board Zbigniew Matuszewski, President of the BGŻ Foundation Board Małgorzata Zdzienicka-Grabarz, President of the Orange Foundation Jadwiga Czartoryska, President of the Professor Bronisław Geremek Center Jolanta Kurska, President of the PZU Foundation Board Bogdan Benczak, President of the Rural Development Foundation Piotr Szczepański and President of the Academy for the Development of Philanthropy in Poland Paweł Łukasiak. Among the guests were also John P. Claussen, Country Manager and Marian Sewerski, Member of the Management Board of Chevron, the company which hosted Polish interns in the USA under the Polish-American Internship Initiative.

    Jerzy Koźmiński, President of the Polish-American Freedom Foundation, greeted the participants and emphasized the unique nature of the Bridge Scholarships Program, pointing to its two special features. Firstly, the Program is financed by a coalition of various institutions and organizations, including a network of 100 local non-governmental organizations. Secondly, it provides an opportunity for high schools leavers from small localities to continue education and that for sure encourages many of them to make an uneasy decision to study at a university despite their family’s difficult financial situation. Ant that is what we call the bridge between the high school and university,’ said PAFF President.

    During the ceremony, the Fist Lady presented a group of scholarship holders who achieved the best results in their first year of studies with diplomas and the scholarships for the second year.

    On behalf of the distinguished scholarship holders the acknowledgments were conveyed by Małgorzata Gałka, a 3rd year student at the Faculty of Management and Production Engineering at Łódź University of Technology. ‘For many of us, the Bridge Scholarships are the key to the world. They open the door behind which there are endless opportunities. I would like to thank you not only for financial support, for help in personal and scientific development but also for noticing us and making us feel special and needed,’ said Małgorzata Gałka.

    The scholarship holders also presented Ms Anna Komorowska and Chief of the Chancellery of the President of Poland Jacek Michałowski with the painting by Małgorzata Zembko, graduate of the Faculty of Painting at the Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków, who was a scholarship holder at her first year of studies and the winner of the Top Student competition for the highest average in the first year of studies.

    At the end of the ceremony a concert was performed by the Bridge Scholarships Program participants.

    The Bridge Scholarships Program was launched in 2002 in response to a serious social problem – the clear disparity of access to higher education between urban and rural youth. The Program helps talented young people from small localities. The Program makes it easier for talented young people from small towns and villages, from families with low income, to make a decision to continue education at universities by offering them a possibility to obtain the first-year scholarship. It is addressed to the high-school leavers who were accepted at the first year of full-time day studies leading to a Master’s degree, come from villages and small towns of up to 20,000 residents, especially former state-owned farm areas. Eligible to apply for a scholarship of PLN 500 a month are high-school leavers from families with low income who did very well at school.

    So far, more than 17,000 scholarships have been granted under the Program. Scholarships for the first year of full-time day studies leading to a Master’s degree have been granted to more than 12,000 high-school leavers, including 821 scholarships under the present 12th edition.

    The program is currently one of the largest non-governmental scholarship systems in Poland and its offer transcends support for the first year of studies. Scholarship holders who do extremely well in their academic pursuits have a chance for assistance in successive years of study – for the second year they may enter the “Top Student” competition, try for corporate scholarships for their third and fourth years, a “Study Abroad” initiative and doctoral scholarships as well as for an internship at renown American companies under the Polish-American Internship Initiative. Additionally, thanks to the ‘Diploma of Dream’ campaign carried out under the Program, more than 100 local NGOs got involved in supporting above 1700 scholarship holders.

    The “Bridge Scholarships” are currently financed by the Polish-American Freedom Foundation, the National Bank of Poland, the PZU (State Insurance Group) Foundation, the BRE Bank Foundation, the BGK Jan Kanty Steczkowski Foundation, the Orange Foundation, the National Bank of Poland Foundation, The BGŻ Foundation, the Rural Development Foundation and a coalition of local non-governmental organizations cooperating with the Stefan Batory Foundation and the Academy for the Development of Philanthropy in Poland which got involved in the program under the ‘Diploma of Dreams’ campaign. The undertaking is carried out with the support of the Agricultural Property Agency, Professor Bronisław Geremek Center and Unit for Social Innovation and Research ‘Shipyard’ Foundation.

    For the 12th edition of the Program, the Partners have disbursed PLN 78 million, including PLN 45 million provided by the Polish-American Freedom Foundation.

    by Przemysław Zaroń
    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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