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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 ...
    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 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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    “Don’t be a bot. Switch thinking on!” a campaign of the “Demagog” Association
    “Don’t be a bot. Switch thinking on!” a campaign of the “Demagog” Association
    “Don’t be a bot. Switch thinking on!” social campaign prepared by the “Demagog” Association, ...
    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

    News
     
    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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    How to foster the common good?
    How to foster the common good?
    Animation for the future: new experiences, ideas, maintaining the partners’ involvement and ...
    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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    The Kirklanders have inaugurated new academic year
    The Kirklanders have inaugurated new academic year
    45 scholarship holders who came from 10 countries of Eastern Europe, South Caucasus and Central ...
    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 ...
     
    It’s been already 15 years!
     
    It’s been already 15 years!
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    It’s been already 15 years!

    On May 15, 2015 the Foundation celebrated the 15th anniversary of its program activity. The jubilee ceremony was attended by eminent guests, including wife of the President of Poland Anna Komorowska, former Prime Minister and President of the European Parliament Professor Jerzy Buzek, President of the Constitutional Tribunal Professor Andrzej Rzepliński, Head of the Office of Tribunal, Secretary of State Maciej Graniecki, President of the Supreme Audit Office Krzysztof Kwiatkowski, U.S. Ambassador to Poland Stephen Mull, Head of the Chancellery of the President of Poland Jacek Michałowski, and other representatives of the authorities, media and business.

    Among 600 guests, next to members of the PAFF Board of Directors and the Partners of the Foundation who manage its programs, there were a lot of very important for the Foundation people, including local activity animators, participants of the “PAFF Leaders” Program and their tutors, representatives of schools, libraries and numerous civic organizations from all over Poland.

    The jubilee meeting of the 15th anniversary of PAFF was combined with the congress of the Lane Kirkland Scholarship Program attended by 300 program alumni from 11 countries, namely: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, Moldova, Russia, Slovakia and Ukraine.

    “Recalling the beginnings of our activities, of our work, it is hard not to be surprised that 15 years have already passed. They slipped unnoticed, without warning (…). Celebrating today that anniversary we would like to present you the overall outcome of the Foundation activities and at the same time thank those without whom the achievements of the Foundation would not have been possible,” President of the Foundation Jerzy Koźmiński said in his welcoming address.

    Next, the co-host of the jubilee ceremony Chairman of the PAFF Board of Directors Andrew Nagorski took the floor to express his recognition for Poland’s achievements during past 25 years. “We, the members of the Board of Directors of the Foundation, look at the achievements of Poland and the Foundation during these past 15 years with great satisfaction. Poland has undergone great transformation not only in social, political and economic spheres. The Poles, who once had been pessimists, became optimists. We are happy that the Foundation not only participates in that transformation but also accelerates it,” Andrew Nagorski emphasized.

    The Foundation received many letters of congratulations on its jubilee. Head of the Chancellery of the President of Poland, Secretary of State Jacek Michałowski read the letter from President Bronisław Komorowski. “I deeply appreciate the fact that from the very beginning the Foundation has been active in the realm of civil society. I would like to express my respect and gratitude for good changes that Poland owes to your activity and involvement. First of all in hundreds of local communities, in small homelands. This is a great achievement of creative, innovative thinking, civic activity, modern patriotism,” the President wrote among other things. Minister Michałowski recalled also in his speech that on the previous day, that is on May 14, member of the Board of Directors of PAFF Joseph C. Bell, Senior Consultant to the Foundation C. Douglas Ades and Chief Financial Officer and Secretary to the Board of Directors Norman E. Haslun were awarded at the ceremony held at the Presidential Palace with state orders for their outstanding services for political and economic transformation of Poland. Secretary of State Jacek Michałowski noted that “They all have been involved in services for the benefit of Poland for 25 years.”

    The Foundation received also congratulations from Vice President of the United States Joe Biden, whose letter was read by U.S. Ambassador to Poland Stephen Mull. Vice President Biden emphasized the contribution of the Polish-American Enterprise Fund (the PAFF founder) to the development of Polish economy in the period of difficult economic transformation. He expressed appreciation for the engagement of the Foundation in sharing Polish experiences from the transition period with other countries of the Central and Eastern Europe. ”The Polish-American Freedom Foundation has carried on the Fund’s noble mission of building a secure and prosperous Poland in a manner that underscores the strong bonds of friendship and solidarity between our two nations. Your investments in education, development of local communities and promoting Poland as a model in the region are of critical importance. Your work assisting your neighbors, such as providing education fellowships for young people in Ukraine to study in Poland, is a demonstration of your enduring commitment to the region,” Vide President Biden wrote.

    The Foundation received also warm recognition from former Presidents of Poland, Lech Wałęsa and Aleksander Kwaśniewski. “I am convinced that your activity is a very important investment into future, which modernizing Poland will continue to need for a long time to come,” President Lech Wałęsa wrote in his letter to the Foundation. In turn President Kwaśniewski pointed to the international programs of the PAFF, which animate cooperation of Polish nongovernmental organizations with organizations in other countries of the Region. “Thanks to your efforts it was possible to establish broad contacts between Polish NGOs and other institutions with their partners from beyond our eastern border. The network of contacts and projects has been built and thanks to the synergy effect started to bring great fruits,” President Kwaśniewski wrote.

    “I don’t want to go back to the details which the Polish-American Freedom Foundation brought in. I’ll focus on only two programs. One of them is “PROJECTOR – student volunteers”. It is a program under which 25,000 projects have been implemented, which was participated by 11,000 of students and also I participated in it during my holidays,” Professor Jerzy Buzek said in his address. The former Prime Minister of Poland, former President of the European Parliament and the Honorary Volunteer of the PROJECTOR program emphasized that “The Foundation has had many such programs; we know perfectly well how important they have been for education, how important they have been for local communities, how they have stimulated our need to participate, especially in villages and small towns.” Prime Minister Jerzy Buzek recalled also the origins of involvement of PAFF in the “Pro Publico Bono” Competition for the Best Civil Initiative, which was launched in 1999. The awards in this competition have been funded by the Polish-American Freedom Foundation since 2000.

    The 15th anniversary of the Foundation was also a good opportunity to sum up cooperation between PAFF and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which allowed to carry out in the years 2008-2015 the unique Library Development Program. The initiative, supported with the grant of almost USD 31 million awarded to PAFF by the Gates Foundation, was managed by the Information Society Development Foundation (FRSI), established by PAFF. The program has so far contributed to transformation of almost 4,000 libraries in more than 1,250 districts into modern, multifunctional centers of access to information, education and culture, which also stimulate civil activity. On behalf of the Bill and Melinda Foundation, congratulations for PAFF and FRSI were conveyed via the video clip by Deborah Jacobs, the Program Director of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Global Libraries”. “From Turkey to Indonesia others have learned from Poland’s lessons and successes. I commend PAFF and FRSI for their successes in Poland and thank them deeply for sharing their work and influencing libraries around the world,” Deborah Jacobs said.

    The jubilee presentation of the Foundation activities was based on six episodes of the video on its history and individual program areas. During the meeting, the managers of the PAFF programs which the Foundation has been cooperating from the beginning with were honored. The Chairman of the PAFF Board of Directors and other members of the Board presented the PAFF Partners with the statuettes prepared for the occasion. The following organizations were awarded: in the area of education – the Educational Enterprise Foundation, the Center for Citizenship Education Foundation, the Nidzica Development Foundation “NIDA”, the Polish Children and Youth Foundation, the Foundation for the Development of Voluntary Service and the Association of the Creative Initiatives “ę”.

    In the area of local community development – the Academy for the Development of Philanthropy in Poland, Klon/Jawor Association, the Civil Society Development Association, the Institute of Public Affairs, the School for Leaders Foundation, and the Unit for Social Innovation and Research “Shipyard” Foundation; in the area of sharing the Polish experiences – the Education for Democracy Foundation and the Jan Nowak Jeziorański College of Eastern Europe. The statuette was received also by the Information Society Development Foundation for the implementation of the Library Development Program.

    At the end of the jubilee gala the guests could see a short video presentation showing the achievements of the Polish-American Freedom Foundation in numbers.

    The mistress of ceremony was Anna Popek.

    by Przemysław Zaroń, photos by Bartlomiej Sawka, Cinefoto
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