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. The program’s rich offer contributes to the professional development of English teachers who are working in small localities.
The English Teaching Tutoring – be a volunteer tutor!
An offer for students and other people ready to devote their time, energy and knowledge to ...
This is 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 regular grant competitions as well as training and regional forums enabling the exchange of experiences between NGOs and other entities involved in projects related to education and training of children and youth.
Ready for the Future. Debate on the challenges faced by youth
It’s already for the third time that the “Equal Opportunities” program initiated probably as ...
LEARNING SCHOOLS (LES)
The purpose of this program is to improve the quality of Polish education using the best foreign models and domestic experiences. Its objective is to improve teaching and assessment methods and comprehensive school development based on cooperation of teaching staff members. Schools develop new solutions and share their best practices. The program includes post-graduate studies for school principals as well as interactive Internet courses for teachers. Particular emphasis is placed on schools in rural ...
In the beginning of July, while students and teachers were enjoying their summer holidays, ...
PAFF AND UW SCHOOL OF EDUCATION
The objective of the program, implemented jointly with the University of Warsaw (UW), is to prepare candidates for the teaching profession. This one-year postgraduate, full-time study is addressed to graduates of MA/MSc studies in Polish language, math, biology and history. The innovative curriculum was developed in cooperation with Columbia University Teachers College in New York. The PAFF and UW School of Education also conducts training sessions, seminars and e-learning courses for in-service ...
The objective: teacher’s effectiveness. New year at the School of Education
‘The feeling of agency and effectiveness determines the level of teachers’ happiness. We will ...
PROJECTOR - STUDENT VOLUNTEERS
The idea is to tap into the intellectual potential and energy of university students in order to promote equal educational opportunities for children and youth from small localities as well as activating the volunteers’ social involvement. This is achieved by having groups of student-volunteers carry out educational projects at schools and other institutions.
Critical thinking is necessary to understand dynamics and complexity of the current world. ...
A joint undertaking by NGOs, public institutions and firms is addressed to secondary school graduates from rural areas and small towns. The program enables them to receive scholarships for their first year of academic study. It opens the recipients a door to further assistance within the Top Student competition, language scholarships, doctoral scholarships as well as foreign internships.
Bridge Scholarships handed over. Report from the event
Almost 770 students received scholarships under the Bridge Scholarships Program this year; ...
THIRD AGE UNIVERSITIES (TAU)
The objective of this program is to unleash the social energy of senior citizens. It is carried out at two levels: the “Seniors in Action” grant competition, under which senior citizens come up with ideas and carry out projects for the benefit of their local communities and intergenerational integration, as well as support for the Third Age Universities by providing them with training opportunities and mini-grants for cyclical activities that promotes TAU students’ volunteering.
The 10th round of the „Seniors in Action” competition is pending. The competition, with its ...
SUPPORT FOR NGOS
An information and support system for Polish NGOs and civic initiatives. It includes the Non-Governmental Organizations’ Portal ngo.pl, the free Infoline 801-646-719, a database of organizations and institutions, as well as the “Third Sector” quarterly. The program also offers training, counseling and publications on NGO management (“FIMANGO”, “PROMENGO” and the Kursodrom.pl). It also supports non-governmental organizations with information and advocacy efforts designed to help them effectively obtain ...
Clear and understandable, intuitively navigated, with content presented in attractive form, ...
Grant competitions organized by the network of Act Locally Centers (ALC) lend support to many different initiatives of non-governmental organizations and informal groups that activate communities of villages and small towns, serving their developmental aspirations. The activities involve cooperation of various partners and all respond to the specific needs of their local communities. As a result, they contribute to the building of social capital and the overall improvement of the quality of life. ...
In January 2024, six new organizations joined Act Locally Centers Network (ALC) with the status ...
The aim is to broaden the knowledge and skills of non-governmental organizations’ employees and activists in the practical use of modern information and communication technologies (ICT). The program comprises several components: informational (website, VOD, and blog), promotional (Sector 3.0 Festivals), advisory (ICT Mobile Advisors network and e-learning), and financial (Innovation Fund).
Barbara Boryczka and Joanna Milczarek of the Association of Little Brothers of the Poor visited ...
This undertaking is primarily addressed to active participants of various PAFF programs, supporting development of the local leaders’ skills and qualifications necessary to work effectively for the benefit of their communities. The program uses the tutoring method; placing a tutor with a leader for a protracted length of time. Program alumni are encouraged to participate in workshops, study visits to Poland and other countries, and meetings with public figures.
Zbigniew Pełczyński School of Leaders Foundation has announced enrollment to the free year-long ...
PRO PUBLICO BONO
Under the program, PAFF currently supports the Bolesław Wierzbiański Award for local newspapers, offers training for local media journalists under the “Media Forum. Local Development” project, and organizes the annual Civic Congress in Warsaw.
The Pro Publico Bono Competition Foundation (2000-2014)
Local media journalists met at the PAFF Head Office
Digital transformation of a title, local portal subscriptions, interventional journalism, and ...
LIBRARY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
From 2009 to 2015, thanks to the partnership of PAFF with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, 3,808 public libraries in municipalities and rural communes with population of up to 20,000 inhabitants had been supported. They have become modern multifunctional centers which provide access to information, culture and education. From 2021 to 2023, the program reached over 400 new libraries. One of our methods for consolidating program outcomes is to increase the digital competencies of librarians and ...
How Can I Help? Was the slogan of this year’s 14th National Library Congress, that took place ...
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 in the implementing partnership projects responding to diagnosed local community needs. Their activities, using the method of animating local communities worked out in the program, contribute to the consolidation of social capital.
Development Plan is the strategy for PAFF Local Partnerships future
At the evaluation seminar that took place at the seat of Polish-American Freedom Foundation ...
The program supports local leaders who want to gain knowledge and competencies in conducting actions aimed at protecting the environment in their local communities and dealing with climate change, as well as effectively obtaining EU funds for implementation of their initiatives.
25th round of the Competition for the Benefactor of the Year
“Do good all year round” – that slogan has accompanied socially responsible companies for the ...
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 professional internships, scholars have an opportunity to learn about Poland’s transformation experience and integration with the European Union. The offer includes one-semester courses for academics.
The meeting of Kirkland Program scholarship holders in Warsaw is a permanent event held for ...
REGION IN TRANSITION (RITA)
The program supports initiatives of Polish non-governmental organizations aimed at sharing various aspects Poland’s experience in transformation This is implemented in cooperation with partners in Eastern Europe, the South Caucasus and Central Asia. The program offers grants, training opportunities and experts’ support, as well as assistance in establishing cooperation with foreign partners.
The Education for Democracy Foundation and the Polish-American Foundation invite Polish non-governmental ...
STUDY TOURS TO POLAND (STP)
These study visits, implemented since 2004, are to show the realities of Poland and the EU to active citizens of East European, South Caucasus and Central Asia countries. The participants are university student leaders from Ukraine, Belarus, Russia and Moldova as well as professionals from countries of the Region. Under the program the Foundation supports the Warsaw Euro-Atlantic Summer Academy (WEASA) addressed to experts coming from Eastern Partnership countries.
“Study Tours to Poland” for students from Ukraine and Moldova
Recruitment for study tours for students to be held in October and November 2023 is on. We ...
SUPPORT FOR UKRAINE
A special program launched by the Polish-American Freedom Foundation in response to the war in Ukraine is addressed to Polish NGOs helping the civilian population in Ukraine as well as war refugees coming to Poland.
Under “Support for Ukraine”, the new program of the Polish-American Freedom Foundation, 59 ...
15 years of PAFF in 5 Episodes
15 years of PAFF in 5 Episodes
Fifteen years ago PAFF started its programs’ implementation. We would like to invite you to see the five-episode video presenting the Foundations' activities aimed at supporting education, development of local communities and sharing Polish experiences in transformation. The video was screened during the Foundation’s 15th anniversary jubilee meeting held on May 15, 2015.
Episode I – Direction: good education
This episode is about PAFF’s activity in the field of education. Its presented by Jerzy Koźmiński and Radosław Jasiński. The Foundation’s initiatives are addressed mainly to small towns and villages, and their leading motif is to equalize educational opportunities of children and youth, in conjunction with striving for general improvement of the quality in education. We will see the impact of participation in PAFF undertakings on the lives of Kamil Wrzos of the “Inspiration Generator” Foundation, “Youth Science Lab” project coordinator, former volunteer of the “PROJECTOR – student volunteers” and alumnus of the “PAFF Leaders” Program. Radosław Mysłek tells us how the Bridge Scholarships Program helped him decide to study at university and achieve university diploma, while Agata Misztal, a scholarship holder, shares with us her experiences from the summer internship in the USA under the Polish-American Internship Initiative (PAII). Next Grażyna Kapaon a PAFF Leader and the principal of the Elementary School in Strachówka points out to the benefits gained by her school from joining the group of “learning schools”.
Episode II – We support local communities
The episode tells about the Foundation’s involvement in supporting local communities, especially in small towns and rural areas. The ability to solve local problems and improve the quality of life depends on the local community activity and cooperation skills. Therefore the Foundation pays so much attention to initiatives which build and strengthen the social capital. Andrew Nagorski, Jerzy Koźmiński, Professor Anna Giza-Poleszczuk and Joanna Lempart-Winnicka tell us about this area of the Foundation’s involvement. We will visit Tczew, where Paulina Kremer of the “Generations” Foundation presents the “Act Locally” Program results, and Złocieniec, where Krzysztof Zacharzewski, a PAFF Leader and the head of the Drawa Partnership Local Activity Group participating in the “PAFF Local Partnerships” Program was elected mayor in 2014. Furthermore, Gerard Misiaczyk, ICT Mobile Advisor under the “ICT for Local Development” Program addresses the issue of new technologies’ impact on building the social capital.
Episode III – We share the Polish experiences
Apart from acting to bolster the effects of transformation in Poland, the second main area of the Foundation’s involvement is supporting democratic and free market transformation in other countries of the region, especially through sharing the Polish experiences. This objective is pursued by means of such programs as the Lane Kirkland Scholarship Program, the “Region in Transition” (RITA) Program and the “Study Tours to Poland” (STP) Program. Jerzy Koźmiński and Renata Koźlicka-Glińska present the Foundation’s activities in this area. Marzena Rafalska of the “Educator” Association, the coordinator of the alternative preschool education project implemented in Georgia as part of the “RITA” Program and Giorgi Mieskhidze, representing Civitas Georgica, the partner organization in Georgia, tell us about the practice of international cooperation under these programs. In addition, Ewa Romanowska of the Borussia Foundation presents the idea of study visits to Poland, while participants in the “Study Tours to Poland” and Nataliia Torkoniak, the Kirkland Program scholarship holder from Ukraine, share their impressions on their stay in Poland.
Episode IV – The Library Development Program
For six years the Polish-American Freedom Foundation partnered the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in the implementation of the Library Development Program – a unique initiative thanks to which almost 4,000 Polish public libraries from small towns and villages got access to computer hardware, software, the Internet and training. Darren Hoerner of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Rafał Kramza, the President of the Information Society Development Foundation (the organization managing the Library Development Program) and Izabela Bochińska, the Director of Municipal Public Library in Wołomin tell us about the important role played by libraries in local community development.
Episode V – Facts and Figures
The number of programs implemented by the Foundation within 15 years of its operation, initiatives offered, its program beneficiaries, and allocation of funds for its program activity are shown in the sixth and final episode of the video – a brief presentation of PAFF activities between 2000 and 2015.