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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. The program’s rich offer contributes to the professional development of English teachers who are working in small localities.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Nidzica Development Foundation “NIDA”
    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

    englishteaching.org.pl

    News
     
    The English Teaching Tutoring – be a volunteer tutor!
    The English Teaching Tutoring – be a volunteer tutor!
    An offer for students and other people ready to devote their time, energy and knowledge to ...
    EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES
     
    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.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

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

    rownacszanse.pl

    News
     
    Ready for the Future. Debate on the challenges faced by 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 ...
    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) 518 287 625
    e-mail: fundacja@szkolazklasa.org.pl

    sus.ceo.org.pl

    News
     
    The “LES” Summer School for Directors
    The “LES” Summer School for Directors
    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 ...
    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

    szkolaedukacji.pl

    News
     
    The objective: teacher’s effectiveness. New year at the School of Education
    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.
    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

    www.projektor.org.pl

    News
     
    You can learn critical thinking from your child
    You can learn critical thinking from your child
    Critical thinking is necessary to understand dynamics and complexity of the current world. ...
    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 recipients a door to further assistance 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

    www.stypendia-pomostowe.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

    News
     
    Bridge Scholarships handed over. Report from the event
    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.
    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

    seniorzywakcji.pl

    News
     
    10 years of the „Seniors in Action” competition
    10 years of the „Seniors in Action” competition
    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 ...
    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

    News
     
    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
     
    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. ...
    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

    dzialajlokalnie.pl

    News
     
    Act Locally Centers network already comprises 80 organizations
    Act Locally Centers network already comprises 80 organizations
    In January 2024, six new organizations joined Act Locally Centers Network (ALC) with the status ...
    SECTOR 3.0
     
    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).
    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

    sektor3-0.pl

    News
     
    Meeting with the Winners of PAFF Sector 3.0 Prize
    Meeting with the Winners of PAFF Sector 3.0 Prize
    Barbara Boryczka and Joanna Milczarek of the Association of Little Brothers of the Poor  visited ...
    PAFF LEADERS
     
    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.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    Zbigniew Pełczyński 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

    liderzy.pl

    News
     
    Join Polish-American Freedom Foundation Leaders
    Join Polish-American Freedom Foundation Leaders
    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.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Local Press Association (The Bolesław Wierzbiański Award)

    The Media Forum Foundation (“Media Forum. Local Development”)

    The Institute for Market Economics (Civic Congress)

    The Pro Publico Bono Competition Foundation (2000-2014)

    News
     
    Local media journalists met at the PAFF Head Office
    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 ...
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Information Society Development Foundation
    ul. Kopernika 17, 00-359 Warszawa
    tel.: (48 22) 123 90 20

    biblioteki.org

    News
     
    How do libraries help? The 14th Library Congress
    How do libraries help? The 14th Library Congress
    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.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Academy for the Development of Philanthropy in Poland
    ul. Marszałkowska 6/6, 00-590 Warszawa
    tel. (22) 622 01 22

    www.lokalnepartnerstwa.org.pl

    News
     
    Development Plan is the strategy for PAFF Local Partnerships future
    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 ...
    GREEN LEADER
     
    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.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Sendzimir Foundation
    46a Mokotowska St., Ap. 25
    00-543 Warszawa

    zielonylider.org

    tel. +48 663 202 050

    Contact person:
    Maria Wiśnicka
    Project Coordinator 

    News
     
    25th round of the Competition for the Benefactor of the Year
    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.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Leaders of Change Foundation
    Al. Jerozolimskie 133 lok. 56
    02-304 Warszawa
    Program Director: Urszula Sobiecka
    tel. (48) 504 103 904

    kirkland.edu.pl

    News
     
    Warsaw hosted this-year’s Kirklanders
    Warsaw hosted this-year’s Kirklanders
    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.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:
    News
     
    Be active in the East! Partnership projects
    Be active in the East! Partnership projects
    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.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

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

    studytours.pl

    News
     
    “Study Tours to Poland” for students from Ukraine and Moldova
    “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.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Education for Democracy Foundation
    ul. Nowolipie 9/11, 00-150 Warszawa
    e-mail: ukraina@fed.org.pl

    Contacts persons:
    Sylwia Gajownik, the Education for Democracy Foundation, Tel. +48 535 854 424
    Agnieszka Świeczka, the Education for Democracy Foundation, Tel. +48 605 787 757

    fed.org.pl/wspieramy-ukraine

     

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    Over PLN 1.6 million for intervention projects
    Over PLN 1.6 million for intervention projects
    Under “Support for Ukraine”, the new program of the Polish-American Freedom Foundation, 59 ...
     
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    Libraries with free Internet access for the next three years
     
    LIBRARY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
    Libraries with free Internet access for the next three years
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    LIBRARY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
    Libraries with free Internet access for the next three years

    More than 3,500 public libraries in Poland will continue using the Internet free of charge for the next 3 years, while other will have an opportunity to be connected to the net. The above results from the Agreement signed on July 23rd, 2012 by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, the Ministry of Administration and Digitalization, Information Society Development Foundation and Orange Polska.

    The Signatories to the Agreement included Bogdan Zdrojewski, Minister of Culture and National Heritage; Michał Boni, Minister of Administration and Digitalization; Maciej Witucki, President of Orange Polska; Jerzy Koźmiński, Chairman of the Board of the Information Society Development Foundation and President of the Polish-American Freedom Foundation as well as Rafał Kramza, President of the Board of the Information Society Development Foundation.

    The Agreement is a continuation of the public libraries’ digitalization program of 2009. Under that Program, Orange Polska (then called the TP Group) declared to provide all commune public libraries in Poland with free access to the Internet. So far more than 3,500 libraries have benefitted from this offer providing their users with free access to the digital world. The Orange Foundation supports libraries in their efforts to promote the use of the Internet as a modern educational tool by granting funds for this purpose and materials about the security on the Internet.

    Research carried out in libraries participating in the Library Development Program (implemented by the Information Society Development Foundation) shows that 37% of people have used the Internet for the first time at a library and for one third of them the library is the only venue where they can use the Internet. Access to the Internet helps in studying, allows to communicate with other people and run errands. It can also help to find a job – 10 per cent of library users have browsed job offers, created their CVs and contacted employers via the Internet.

    The libraries digitalization program is one of the model examples of successful public and private sectors’ cooperation. Also other Signatories to the Agreement carry out activities aimed at the development and modernization of libraries.

    In 2011, the Minister of Culture and National Heritage launched a long-term program of libraries construction, renovation and modernization and allocated the budget of PLN 150 million for that purpose. The Program is a continuation of the small grants program carried out by the Ministry in the years 2009 and 2010 aimed at renovation and equipping more than 460 libraries in small towns and rural areas. Additionally, the Ministry financed the training course in managerial skills carried out by the Book Institute for employees of libraries in rural areas as well as has made available the MAK+ electronic library system providing readers with information about books and other collections all over Poland (more than 1.8 million book descriptions available online).

    The Information Society Development Foundation has been implementing the all-Poland Library Development Program since 2009. The Program is intended to facilitate access to computers, the Internet and training opportunities for libraries from small towns and rural areas. Currently more than 3,300 libraries participate in the Program, which is a joint undertaking of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Polish-American Freedom Foundation. The libraries participating in the Program have been provided with computer equipment for the use of their town residents (including in total more than 6000 computers, laptops, multifunctional devices, printers and multimedia projectors). The librarians have taken part in a few series of training courses. The libraries are also awarded grants for the implementation of their own ideas, projects benefiting their own communities carried out in cooperation with other organizations. They are also advised on how to effectively cooperate with the council, schools as well as local associations.

    Bogdan Zdrojewski, Minister of Culture and National Heritage: ‘The Agreement on Polish public libraries’ digitalization that was signed three years ago results from forming a really exceptional coalition. It was for the first time that not only the government, not only the self-government or NGO but also a large and market major business partner got involved in supporting the libraries. Now we can see the results of each parties’ efforts. They include dozens of renovated, modernized and connected to the Internet libraries that help discover the world and get closer to it thanks to access to books, culture and the global network. If we think that libraries make the biggest network of cultural institutions in Poland covering each, even the smallest, administrative district, we can say that the cooperation between Orange Polska and the Ministry as well as other Signatories to the Agreement has been one of the most important initiatives aimed at broadening access of small towns and rural areas to knowledge and culture in recent years.’

    Michał Boni, Minister of Administration and Digitalization: ‘This is a valuable and important initiative for the development of information society. It will allow to effectively counteract digital exclusion in Poland and enhance the role of libraries in local communities, transforming them into modern cultural and civic life centers. Wide access to the Internet, development of e-services and broadband infrastructure are very important elements to increasing the effectiveness, innovativeness and competitiveness of the Polish economy and even to the development of individual regions of Poland. The key factor of the civilization change closely connected to the new technologies’ potential is the digital momentum, caused by possessing suitable conditions and suitable competences. I hope that the Agreement that has been signed today will even better serve obtaining goals on our road to the development of digital society.’

    Maciej Witucki, President of Orange Polska: ‘It’s a great satisfaction and honor that with Orange Polska’s contribution Polish libraries cease to be only ‘book temples’ and transform into places where people can meet, learn and work using modern technologies. This is a huge step towards equalizing development and cultural opportunities of various social groups and various regions of our country. Thanks to that we are closer to information society standards. We support and will continue supporting such initiatives. The example can be the network of Orange Internet rooms in small towns and rural areas that has been launched recently’.

    Jerzy Koźmiński, Chairman of the Board of the Information Society Development Foundation, President of the Polish-American Freedom Foundation: ‘The Agreement on the digitalization of public libraries is the only such initiative of the public and private character in the countries where the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation supports public libraries. We are glad that the Agreement is continued and serves as a model in our international relations. There is no doubt that thanks to the Agreement we are able to more effectively implement the Library Development Program aimed at transforming libraries into modern, multifunctional centers of information, education, culture and civic activity. We are also convinced that the efforts and commitment of all the Signatories will allow to continue attaining our common goals so successfully’.

    Rafał Kramza, President of the Board of the Information Society Development Foundation: ‘The Library Development Program wouldn’t bring about such results were it not for the Partners’ support. One of the key events was offering all public libraries free access to the Internet by Orange Polska. This unique initiative allows users of thousands of libraries in small towns to fully use the IT equipment and software delivered to them under the Library Development Program.’

    by Joanna Lempart-Winnicka
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Information Society Development Foundation
    ul. Kopernika 17, 00-359 Warszawa
    tel.: (48 22) 123 90 20

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