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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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    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 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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    They are 3D printing – and counteracting the pandemic
    They are 3D printing – and counteracting the pandemic
    An excellent example of how some of the projects implemented as part of PAFF programs during ...
    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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    How NGOs support distance learning
    How NGOs support distance learning
    Polish educational system has faced a challenge related to COVID-19 pandemic and closure of ...
    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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    Another academic year at the School of Education has started
    Another academic year at the School of Education has started
    “It is going to be a good place and good time. We are a community of thought, we strive for ...
    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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    “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, 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 initiative ...
    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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    Give a chance for a Diploma of Dreams!
    Give a chance for a Diploma of Dreams!
    The Diploma of Dreams competition held for local NGOs and informal groups willing to participate ...
    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 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. The undertaken activities are founded on cooperation of various partners. They respond to specific needs of a given community, improve the quality of life and, in the long ...
    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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    Institutional Support Fund for Act Locally Centers
    Institutional Support Fund for Act Locally Centers
    The “Act Locally” Program has launched institutional support for Act Locally Centers which ...
    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 Award for Virtual Dream
    Sector 3.0 Award for Virtual Dream
    This year’s Sector 3.0 PAFF Award worth PLN 40,000 was received by the founder of the Virtual ...
    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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    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 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

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    “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

    News
     
    Tutorial for Initiative Groups has started
    Tutorial for Initiative Groups has started
    On June 4, a virtual meeting opening the tutorial process under the 7th round of the “PAFF ...
    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

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    End of the jubilee Kirkland Program year
    End of the jubilee Kirkland Program year
    On June 22-25, school year-end ceremonies for scholarship holders of the twentieth round of ...
    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
     
    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)
     
    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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    WEASA 2020 online – a summary
    WEASA 2020 online – a summary
    The 8th round of Warsaw Euro-Atlantic Summer Academy (WEASA) took place from July 3 to July ...
     
    Polish-American Freedom Foundation: 2000-2020
     
    Polish-American Freedom Foundation: 2000-2020
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    Polish-American Freedom Foundation: 2000-2020

    May marks the 20th anniversary of the Polish-American Freedom Foundation’s launching of its first programs in Poland.

    A jubilee meeting in Warsaw was scheduled for May 22. The event was to bring together nearly a thousand leaders of non-governmental organizations and other institutions involved in the Foundation’s activity, as well as alumni of the Lane Kirkland Scholarships Program coming from 11 countries of Eastern Europe, the South Caucasus and Central Asia.

    The event had to be canceled due to the pandemic, with visits of foreign guests being postponed until the following year.

    On the occasion of its jubilee, the Polish-American Freedom Foundation received letters of congratulations from Poland’s President Andrzej Duda and U.S. President Donald Trump. It was also honored with congratulatory letters from former Presidents of the Republic of Poland: Lech Wałęsa, Aleksander Kwaśniewski and Bronisław Komorowski, and former Presidents of the United States of America: Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

    The Polish-American Freedom Foundation was established by the Polish-American Enterprise Fund, an institution created in 1990 following the passage of the Support for the East European Democracy Act by the U.S. Congress in 1989. Thanks to its effective investment policies, the Fund generated a significant surplus on top of the $240 million entrusted to it by the U.S. Government. In 2000, the Fund returned $120 million to the U.S. Treasury, while the remaining portion of the capital, together with the generated surplus, was transferred to the Polish-American Freedom Foundation. As a result, PAFF’s endowment reached $255 million.

    The Foundation launched its operations in 2000 with a dual mission: to help consolidate the results of the Polish transformation and to share the Polish experience with other countries of Central and Eastern Europe. In Poland, the Foundation decided to focus on those groups and communities that were lagging behind the transformation process, especially in rural areas and small towns. As a result, two main issues have dominated the Foundation’s domestic activities. First, leveling the playing field in education, combined with raising the quality of education overall. Second, supporting local communities and encouraging their inhabitants to develop initiatives that enable them to unleash their full potential.

    PAFF now pursues its goals through 18 programs implemented in three thematic areas: education, development of local communities, and sharing the Polish experience in transformation. From the outset the Foundation has shaped most of its programs to be long-term, and in a way they can mutually complement and strengthen each other. Particular attention was paid to ensuring the projects supported by the Foundation have potential for replication and that the initiatives undertaken can continue to develop after the termination of financial aid from PAFF. A special emphasis is placed on developing and networking local leaders. All the Foundation’s programs have undergone external evaluation efforts.

    By the end of December 2019, the Foundation had disbursed $216 million for its activities and attracted approximately $200 million to these programs from other sources, making it possible to:

    • finance 30,300 university scholarships for youngsters from disadvantaged families,
    • train 110,000 teachers in modern teaching methods,
    • carry out 16,300 local projects in small communities addressed to hundreds of thousands of individuals,
    • implement 38,000 extracurricular educational projects at schools in villages and small cities involving more than 14,000 university student-volunteers who reached 380,000 children and teenagers,
    • train 30,500 leaders and employees of NGOs to develop their skills and competencies,
    • transform, in cooperation with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, almost 4,000 libraries in small communities into modern informational, educational, cultural, and civic activity centers, that involved training efforts for 10,000 librarians,
    • host almost 14,000 people from Ukraine, Belarus, Russia, Georgia, Moldova, Armenia, Azerbaijan, and other countries from the East, who came to Poland to be acquainted with Polish experiences in transformation and integration with the West; the largest number of visitors being from Ukraine.

    In 2016, in cooperation with the Columbia University Teachers College in New York, the Foundation led the way in establishing the School of Education of the Polish-American Freedom Foundation and the University of Warsaw. This innovative School of Education, based in Warsaw, offers the first full-time postgraduate studies in Poland to prepare participants for the teaching profession. The students combine the latest theory with day-to-day teaching practice at schools. At the same time, the School of Education provides in-service teacher professional development courses.

    In April 2020, in response to the pandemic, the Foundation launched the “Relief Fund for Non-governmental Organizations and Civic Initiatives” for which it earmarked one million dollars. This Fund is primarily aimed at supporting organizations and groups involved in PAFF programs. Actions to counteract the effects of the crisis have also been taken within particular Foundation programs; the most extensive aid is being provided through the “Act Locally” Program with a budget exceeding a half million dollars.

    by Przemysław Zaroń
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