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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. Thanks to rich program offer it contributes to professional development of English teachers working in small towns and villages.
    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 related to children and youth education and training.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Polish Children and Youth Foundation ("Equal Opportunities 2020")
    6 Kredytowa St. Ap. 20, 00-062 Warsaw
    tel./fax (48 22) 826-10-16
    e-mail: rownacszanse@pcyf.org.pl

    The Civis Polonus Foundation ("Equal Opportunities 2021")
    Bagatela 10 St., Ap. 36, 00-585 warsaw
    tel. +48 509 725 536; (48 22) 827 52 49
    e-mail: fundacja@civispolonus.org.pl

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    “Equal Opportunities” with new a Program Manager
    “Equal Opportunities” with new a Program Manager
    As a result of agreement concluded by the Polish-American Freedom Foundation, the Polish Children ...
    LEARNING SCHOOLS (LES)
     
    The purpose of this program is to improve the quality of Polish education through the use of 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 best practices. The program includes also post-graduate studies for school principals and interactive Internet courses for teachers. Particular emphasis is placed on schools ...
    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

    The School with Class Foundation ("School with Class")
    19 Śniadeckich St., 00-654 Warsaw
    tel. (48 22) 658 00 73
    e-mail: fundacja@szkolazklasa.org.pl

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    The Summer School for “LES” Directors
    The Summer School for “LES” Directors
    Almost 120 participants – directors and vice directors of schools involved in the “Learning ...
    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. This one-year postgraduate full-time studies 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. The SE runs also training sessions, seminars and e-learning courses for teachers.
    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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    2021/22 academic year at the School of Education has started
    2021/22 academic year at the School of Education has started
    Another academic year has been opened at the School of Education. Over next ten months future ...
    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 and other institutions.
    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 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 scholarship recipients a way to further assistance i.a. within the Top Student competition, language scholarships, doctoral scholarships as well as foreign internships.
    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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    Over 1,000 bridge scholarships for students
    Over 1,000 bridge scholarships for students
    Over 1,000 students receive scholarships under the Bridge Scholarships Program this academic ...
    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 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 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 villages and small towns as well as foster developmental aspirations. The undertaken activities are founded on cooperation and respond to specific needs of a local community, and involve various partners. As a result, they contribute to building social capital and improving the quality of life. Successive ...
    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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    The pandemic didn’t stop social energy
    The pandemic didn’t stop social energy
    Despite the restrictions and difficulties related to the pandemic, Act Locally Centers have ...
    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 (ICT). 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 ...
    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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    PAFF Sector 3.0 Award winner announced
    PAFF Sector 3.0 Award winner announced
    The award for innovations in socially useful activities went to Demagog Association in Kraków.
    PAFF LEADERS
     
    The program is addressed first of all to active participants of program financed by PAFF and supports development of local leaders’ skills and qualifications necessary in effective working for the benefit of their communities. The program uses the method of tutoring, that is permanent cooperation of a leader with a tutor. The program participants take also part in a series of training sessions and receive customized support. The offer for the program alumni is aimed at further improvement of their ...
    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 the 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. They became modern multifunctional centers which provide access to information, culture and education, and at the same time stimulate active citizenship. Presently, the effects of the program 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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    The first Library Directors Forum
    The first Library Directors Forum
    The Leader in Transition Forum for library directors was held online as part of the 4th round ...
    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

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    Locally, acting together and effectively
    Locally, acting together and effectively
    On April 26 there was an online seminar promoting the Method of Local Community Animation for ...
    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, they have an opportunity to learn about Poland’s transformation experience and integration with the European Union. The offer includes also one-semester courses for academics.
    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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    This year’s Kirklanders have received their diplomas
    This year’s Kirklanders have received their diplomas
    The diploma giving ceremony took place in Warsaw on June 25 and was combined with the meeting ...
    REGION IN TRANSITION (RITA)
     
    The program supports initiatives of Polish non-governmental organizations, aimed at sharing Poland’s experience in various aspects of transformation, which are 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.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Education for Democracy Foundation
    9/11 Nowolipie St., 00-150 Warsaw
    e-mail: rita@fed.org.pl

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    20th anniversary of the “RITA” Program
    20th anniversary of the “RITA” Program
    Almost 60 Polish NGOs and their partner organizations in Central and Eastern European countries ...
    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, South Caucasus and Central Asia countries. Their participants are 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 ...
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Leaders of Change Foundation
    Al. Jerozolimskie 133 lok. 56
    02-304 Warszawa
    e-mail: stp@studytours.pl

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    The Warsaw Euro-Atlantic Summer Academy (WEASA) 2021
    The Warsaw Euro-Atlantic Summer Academy (WEASA) 2021
    The 9th round of Warsaw Euro-Atlantic Summer Academy (WEASA) took place from July 12 to July ...
     
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    A social activist for a local government official!?
     
    ACT LOCALLY
    A social activist for a local government official!?
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    A social activist for a local government official!?

    The residents of Złocieniec have probably the most modern mayor in Poland. Krzysztof Zacharzewski – the man with a vivid personality, a social activist, a philosopher from Pojezierze Drawskie. Had it not been for him, there would have been no State Collective Farm Museum at Bolegorzynie, while Drawsko and Złocieniec would continue to quarrel over the cannon. Having a choice whether to invest in the paving stone or a man, he will choose the latter. He is not afraid to govern, as he is used to struggle for the Association’s survival. A few months after the election he tells Katarzyna Karpa-Świderek that… he can manage and shares his thoughts.

    Katarzyna Karpa-Świderek: ‘Is there enough place in Złocieniec local government for a rebel? Won’t he blow it up from inside?’

    Krzysztof Zacharzewski: ‘I have been working for a local government for ten years, moving up career ladder. I think that the new idea of working for administration which the office workers dread about is a change from hourly work to task-based work. Currently the office worker focusses his/her attention on coming to the office at 7 a.m. and going home at 3 p.m. By changing this attitude we can give people a chance to develop in certain areas related to investments, environment protection, agriculture, promotions or tourism and get satisfaction from their work. We can introduce some life into the office. I believe such an open office form could change the office workers attitude towards an investor and proverbial “applicant”, make them see him as a person whom they shall help and not get rid of.’

    ‘This is based on the assumption that people who work in the offices identify themselves with their work, have the sense if not of the mission then at least of doing something that has a certain value. Do you think they really feel like that? I have met a lot of people who work for the office just because someone helped them to get this job.’

    K.Z.: ‘These are the lucky ones. We had a poll carried out at the Senior High and Vocational Schools Complex which showed that most of people, 60% as far as I remember, who are in their last year of school and soon will start their adult life, when asked what they would like to do answered that they would like to work in the local government office. It is very sad that all they dream about is to settle somewhere, entrench themselves there and in fact at the very start of their life finish it mentally. As the local government office is not associated with creativity but rather with guarding the existing order. In small districts innovation is perceived rather as something dangerous than good.’

    ‘And how do people understand the role of a social activist? Is a social activist the person they want to have as a leader of their town?’

    K.Z.: ‘That is an interesting question. I have noticed that the campaign usually is carried out in form of the war of posters – there must be plenty of them and they have to be aggressive. While I decided that the campaign can be imaginative. There was the Kindness Day on November 21, so we decided to give people balloons, just like that, and in the morning, when people were going to work or to school, the whole town was full of colorful balloons. It turned out that people were very glad but soon after they started to ponder if a person who organizes an action only to make a nice and pleasant atmosphere should be a mayor. After all, you can’t build your future on balloons! Money should be invested in something real, real investments such as pavements. They didn’t understand that also the actions aimed at people can be seen as an investment. Actions which show that people are important. Actions which are addressed directly at people, which show that we care for people. Such things were thought unimportant before. Until recently people wanted to know only how many kilometers of new roads have been built and they didn’t ask what had been done to get young people involved into social activity. So the dilemma is if social activists are able to be tough managers, make decisions, take a risk. I know they are because that’s what we do all the time on everyday basis. Each day at an NGO is a struggle for survival.’

    ‘What would you like to change in Złocieniec by the end of your term?’

    K.Z.: ‘The former mayor had done a lot in terms of tangible infrastructure but the investment in people was neglected. There was no investment in people’s spiritual or social development. People don’t feel that they are co-makers of decisions made by the local authority. Now the problem is to reconstruct the interpersonal relations, so that people again started to believe that someone listens to them and they are empowered. That also is very difficult. Social activity is intangible, cannot be weighed. That is harder work than building pavements – all the time we have to deal with emotions, also those negative ones. It is necessary to establish a dialogue. When we are able to involve people into initiatives, they will become more active, more willing to cooperate. If they want to open businesses, maybe they will decide to do it here and not to leave this place.’

    ‘What was your biggest success in your social activity, what did you enjoy most?’

    K.Z.: ‘There were many things like that… State Collective Farm and Village Museum. Bolegorzynie village was left to itself after the collapse of the state collective farm. The residents were looking for something they could do. The voit (head of the district local government) wanted to sell a part of the building at the former farm. People were looking for an idea what they could do there, they were thinking about a solarium salon or other weird things. I persuaded them to come to me and write an application to the Rural Development Foundation. I suggested them doing something based on their history, experience and problems and this led us to the idea of the State Collective Farm Museum. It is still operating and developing, without any support, any subventions. Those people manage quite well and they invest all earned money in enlargement of the museum. All the lumber, old farming equipment again becomes attractive. People who established the museum have also proved that they can be effective and got elected to the local government council.

    Another initiative was called “From a Poacher to a Guide”. We have a small lake in the village, where fish was poached on a massive scale. We started a project under which the poachers rented the lake from the village and started fish farming. They were guarding the lake, deciding on what fish should be introduced there. They had implemented the project for ten years, until last year when the project ended.’

    ‘And are there any fish left in the lake?’

    K.Z.: ‘Unfortunately the local government decided that after the project is over there is no one to manage the lake and it was returned to the fishery undertaking. So people again started to poach on it. It’s a sad but true story. We’ve done the work that hasn’t been noticed. Social activity has to transform into a business activity at a certain moment. In that case we haven’t managed to do that but in general the idea is good and worth copying… in different conditions, when the social support is bigger. And fish? Some still survived…

    Krzysztof Zacharzewski is the President of the “Drawa Partnership” Local Action Group Association in Złocieniec, one of the Act Locally Centers. He is the author of numerous social initiatives implemented in the Drawsko Lake District, including the “Drawsko and Złocieniec Firecracker Friendship” project under the “PAFF Local Partnerships” Program which helped stop the dispute over the rights to the cannon. After many years, the replica of the cannon was cast. The “Drawa Partnership” operates on the area of 11 communes at the Drawsko Lake District, among lakes, hills, forests, meadows and moorlands. This region with beautiful nature struggles with a high rate of unemployment after the collapse of state collective farms which many residents had worked for. Therefore the Association promotes the development of the man and the region, among others promoting qualified tourism such as canoeing, yachting, biking… “Drawa Partnership” Local Action Group Association in Złocieniec has been participating in the “Act Locally” Program since 2010. As many as145 initiatives of the Drawsko district residents obtained grants for the total amount of PLN 331,000.00.

    Katarzyna Karpa-Świderek is a TVN 24 Biznes i Świat (Business and the World) journalist and a volunteer for the Academy for the Development of Philanthropy in Poland.

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