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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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    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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    “Equal Opportunities 2020” National Grant Competition
    “Equal Opportunities 2020” National Grant Competition
    The Polish Children and Youth Foundation has announced the National Grant Competition as part ...
    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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    LES Education Leaders Academy conference is over
    LES Education Leaders Academy conference is over
    Prof. Andrzej Blikle and representatives of Youth Climate Strike were the guests of 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. 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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    Meeting with history. Andrew Nagorski at the School of Education
    Meeting with history. Andrew Nagorski at the School of Education
    “A historian should react. They should give a broader perspective and counteract seeing the ...
    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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    “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 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” ...
    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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    Bridge Scholarships – for dream studies
    Bridge Scholarships – for dream studies
    Over thousand students and PhD students are receiving financial support under the Bridge Scholarships ...
    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 in Action” – a grant competition
    “Seniors in Action” – a grant competition
    We would like to invite you to participate in the all-Poland “Seniors in Action” grant competition ...
    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. Successive ALCs are selected through a competition.
    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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    Global challenges and local activities
    Global challenges and local activities
    On February 10-11, 2020 a training session for almost 200 representatives of Act Locally Centers ...
    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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    “Sector 3.0” Fund – get a grant!
    “Sector 3.0” Fund – get a grant!
    Apply right now to participate in a workshop session that will train you to create a digital ...
    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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    Be a more efficient leader!
    Be a more efficient leader!
    Are you active in a local community where people follow your ideas? Are you the initiator of ...
    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

    News
     
    “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

    News
     
    “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

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    Locally about common good
    Locally about common good
    Partnerships and start-ups representatives who had run projects under the 6th round of 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 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

    News
     
    Warsaw hosted Kirkland scholarship holders
    Warsaw hosted Kirkland scholarship holders
    47 scholarship holders from 11 countries of Eastern Europe, South Caucasus and Central Asia ...
    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 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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    Firemen from Georgia learn about the Polish Voluntary Fire Brigades
    Firemen from Georgia learn about the Polish Voluntary Fire Brigades
    During their week-long tour to Poland the participants visited the VBF in Nałęczów, the Security ...
     
    • Andrew Nagorski visited Strachówka, Klembów and Legionowo
    • Andrew Nagorski visited Strachówka, Klembów and Legionowo
    • Andrew Nagorski visited Strachówka, Klembów and Legionowo
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    Andrew Nagorski visited Strachówka, Klembów and Legionowo
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    Andrew Nagorski visited Strachówka, Klembów and Legionowo

    On December 2, 2019 the PAFF Board of Directors Chairman accompanied by Head of the PAFF Representative Office in Poland Grzegorz Jędrys, and Program Director of the PAFF Representative Office in Poland Joanna Lempart had meetings with participants of the Foundation programs of Wołomin and Legionów counties.  

    “I’m very glad I can visit a place where programs of the Foundation are strongly and permanently present,” Andrew Nagorski said at the meeting with Director Grażyna Kapaon, the staff and a group of students of Norwid Republic School Complex at Strachówka.

    Grażyna Kapaon is a PAFF Leaders alumnus. Thanks to her involvement and leadership skills of engaging the others to act the school benefitted from numerous programs run by the Foundation. The School Complex at Strachówka participated in all stages of the “Learning Schools” Program but also has been participating in the LES Club for many years and has got the title of the Learning School. One of the math teachers, Beata Kotarba who was also present at the meeting has been a lecturer at the PAFF and UW School of Education for last two years.

    After a performance given by the students and prepared as a project under the “Act Locally” Program, the teachers told about the school activities aimed at creating the local community through getting teachers, students and parents involved in local life. They also spoke about activities of the coalition established as part of PAFF Local Partnerships, whose leader the school is. Joining hands with the Norwid Republic Association and the Act Locally Center – Wołomin Plane Local Action Group they managed to implement project on Cyprian Kamil Norwid’s life, help to reconstruct his family house, as well as create a didactic path and  the Sobieskis and the Norwids’ garden. Also, the coalition holds a series of intergenerational Meetings at the Fireplace on families coming from or living in Strachówka and their family histories. The local RzN.TV Internet television established under the project implemented as part of Act Locally program records these meetings using the opportunity to encourage students of the School Complex to learn how to  make films and prepare reportages. Each year they also organize a big event – the wedding pageant of Cyprian Norwid’s parents participated by Strachówka residents in 19th century attires.

    Chairman of the PAFF Board of Directors Andrew Nagorski and Director of the PAFF Representative Office in Poland Grzegorz Jędrys presented the Norwid Republic School Complex at Strachówka and the Norwid Republic Association with diplomas, thanked them for their to date engagement and wished them further development. “We would like to congratulate you cordially on your courage in setting goals and consistency in achieving them. We are happy that  you are so successful in building social capital,” said Grzegorz Jędrys summing up the visit to Strachówka.

    Next Andrew Nagorski, Grzegorz Jędrys and Joanna Lempart had a meeting with Rafał Mathiak, an alumnus of the “PAFF Leaders” Program, holding the function of the head of Klembów commune for the second term. Rafał Mathiak has a dozen-year-long experience of working for corporations and he told his guests how he uses it in his social activity. He also emphasized that PAFF Leaders program helped him get prepared to holding his important function in the local government. Next he showed the guests around the library that he modernized using experiences gained during his visit to the USA under the International Visitor Leadership Program, to which he was qualified thanks to his participation in the “PAFF Leaders” Program.

    The last item on the trip agenda was the meeting with participant of this-year’s round of the “PAFF Leaders” Program Renata Sowińska at the Historical Museum in Legionowo. Renata Sowińska showed the guests around the Museum where she works as the manager of  Education and Projects Division. She also told them about her way to success which she achieved by applying to the “PAFF Leaders” Program. Renata Sowińska is a culture animator, cultural expert, local leader, and the winner of Innovative Culture Manager 2018 competition. Over the years 2014-2019 she was the director of the County Cultural Institution in Legionów. She conducts author meetings, promotes readership, initiates numerous public space actions, such as Book Exchange Zones, Outdoor Reading, or Books at the Beach. She was also a participant of the Initiatives group as part of the Library Development Program

    Andrew Nagorski presented all participants of the meetings with thank you gifts – his latest book 1941. The Year Germany Lost the War, each of them with his dedication.

    Andrew Nagorski is PAFF Board of Directors Chairman, former Vice President and Director for Public Policy at East-West Institute, New York. For many years, he had also worked for Newsweek International as the Senior Editor and correspondent to Hongkong, Moscow, Rome, Bonn, Warsaw, and Berlin. He is the author of many award-winning non-fiction publications.

    by Joanna Lempart
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