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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” – Small Grants
    “Equal Opportunities” – Small Grants
    Up to PLN 8,500 for a project implemented over the period of five months developing social ...
    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 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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    Invitation to the On-line Teachers Academy
    Invitation to the On-line Teachers Academy
    Under the “Learning Schools” (LES) Program teachers from all over Poland can participate in ...
    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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    Recruitment to the School of Education
    Recruitment to the School of Education
    The School of Education of Polish-American Freedom Foundation and University of Warsaw opens ...
    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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    “Local Dreams To Be Met” in the “Act Locally” Program
    “Local Dreams To Be Met” in the “Act Locally” Program
    Registration of applications to grant competitions for 2021 carried out by 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 (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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    New quality of life at the times of accelerated digital transformation
    New quality of life at the times of accelerated digital transformation
    How to use experience gained and the effects of accelerated digital transformation in designing ...
    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

    News
     
    12 reportages on people who have social activity in their blood
    12 reportages on people who have social activity in their blood
    On March 11, “Przewiew. 12 historii otwartych”, a collection of reportages on people who are ...
    PRO PUBLICO BONO
     
    The Competition for the Best Civil Initiative was launched in 1999 by Prime Minister Jerzy Buzek. Since 2000, the Polish-American Freedom Foundation had funded the prizes awarded in the Competition. Under the program, the Foundation presently supports the Bolesław Wierzbiański Competition for local newspapers, and the annual Civic Congress held in Warsaw.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The „Pro Publico Bono” Competition Foundation (2000-2014)
    The Local Press Association

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    “Gazeta Jarocińska” won the Bolesław Wierzbiański Award
    “Gazeta Jarocińska” won the Bolesław Wierzbiański Award
    The ceremony of announcing the Local Press Association competition results and presenting the ...
    LIBRARY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
     
    Under the program implemented till April 2015 by the partnership of PAFF and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, almost 4,000 public libraries in municipalities and rural communes with population of up to 20,000 inhabitants had been supported. They became modern multifunctional centers which provide access to information, culture and education, and at the same time stimulate active citizenship. Presently, the effects of the program are enhanced with activities aimed at development of librarians’ ...
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

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

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    Library – A Lot Is Going On! The 11th National Library Congress
    Library – A Lot Is Going On! The 11th National Library Congress
    On December 9, 2020 the 11th National Library Congress was held under the watchword that refers ...
    PAFF LOCAL PARTNERSHIPS
     
    The purpose of the program is to initiate and develop cooperation among beneficiaries of various PAFF programs who establish Local Partnerships and involve other local organizations and institutions, as well as entrepreneurs, self-government bodies, and media into implementation of partnership projects responding to diagnosed local community needs. Their activities, using the method of animating local communities worked out in the program, contribute to consolidation of the social capital through ...
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Academy for the Development of Philanthropy in Poland
    ul. Marszałkowska 6/6, 00-590 Warszawa
    tel. (22) 622-01-22, fax (22) 622-02-11

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    Locally, acting together and effectively
    Locally, acting together and effectively
    On April 26 there was an online seminar promoting the Method of Local Community Animation for ...
    LANE KIRKLAND SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
     
    A scholarship program for young leaders from Eastern Europe as well as the South Caucasus and Central Asia. Through the two-semester post-graduate studies at Polish universities and professional internships, they have an opportunity to learn about Poland’s transformation experience and integration with the European Union. The offer includes also one-semester courses for academics.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

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

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    This-year’s Kirklanders have started their studies in Poland
    This-year’s Kirklanders have started their studies in Poland
    58 scholarship holders from 10 countries of Europe, South Caucasus and Central Asia have started ...
    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

    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, 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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    “STP” presents Local Governments’ Way To Success
    “STP” presents Local Governments’ Way To Success
    We would like to invite you to watch videos made by the “Study Tours to Poland” Program Team ...
     
    Polish-American Freedom Foundation activities in time of pandemic
     
    Polish-American Freedom Foundation activities in time of pandemic
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    Polish-American Freedom Foundation activities in time of pandemic

    The present situation influences strongly PAFF activities, the same way as it influences all other NGOs in Poland. The Foundation staff keeps in contact with  its partners – Managers of PAFF Programs, monitors the situation and, where feasible, takes all necessary steps to solve new problems faced by both Managers and participants of the Foundation programs.

    In March we launched The 2020 Relief Fund for NGOs and Civic Initiatives. Thanks to that initiative, whose initial budget was PLN 200,000, each Manager of a PAFF program received PLN 10,000 for its current expenses related to protection of its staff and partners, as well as making their work easier in the present emergency conditions. Soon that initiative will be transformed into a wider program addressed first of all to organizations, institutions, and civic groups that are participating in PAFF programs. We will use our experience gained in other PAFF relief  programs, such as those aimed at counteracting flood effects which we ran in 2001 and 2010.

    Furthermore, in consultation with the program Managers we have decided to introduce some changes in the Foundation program activity.

    As regards our initiatives in education:

    In response to the present situation in education, the “Learning Schools” Program managed by the Center for Citizenship Education Foundation has held a series of open webinars on online education  that were attended by over 60,000 participants – teachers and school directors. We are planning further such activities in April. Jędrzej Witkowski, the CCE President, was invited to TOK FM radio broadcast on distance learning.

    The PAFF and UW School of Education has totally switched to teaching its students in online mode, and at the same time offered a series of training webinars on Mathematics, Polish studies, Biology and Life Sciences, and History and Social Sciences to teachers. The subjects of these webinars reflect the needs of the present situation in education. More than 4,000 teachers participated in the first of these webinars.

    Under the “English Teaching” Program, managed by the “Nida” Development Foundation, the English Teaching Market scheduled for May has been cancelled. Most of activities, planned as part of the program, addressed to English teachers is now implemented as distance learning initiatives. Program experts Magdalena Drzewiecka, Małgorzata Zasuńska and Anna Fabjańska-Woźniak have written the Get used to e-learning, i.e. distance education. Five tips for the quarantine period article published in Polska The Times. Magdalena Drzewiecka took also part in two radio broadcasts. In the Radio For You’s “Noon with Vigor” program she shared her experience in e-learning. And in a “Science Station” – a program in the new Polish Radio 4 series of she was explaining English grammar to this-year’s secondary school leavers.

    At the moment, the “Equal Opportunities” Program supports over 120 projects; out of them 95 should be completed in June 2020. Project activities are carried out online, if feasible. Together with Polish Children and Youth Foundation, which is the program Manager, we are planning to prolong the projects completion by November 2020. Local Fora scheduled in the first  half of 2020 were postponed till September-December.

    Educational Enterprise Foundation has announced a new round of the Bridge Scholarships Program. This year’s school leavers who meet the program criteria are offered scholarships of PLN 500 a month, to be paid over the period of 10 months for their 1st year of university course. Enrollment will be held online, and the dates will be announced in the second half of May.

    We have totally suspended implementation of educational projects under the “PROJECTOR – Student Volunteers” Program. We are holding consultations with teachers of schools most involved in the program regarding carrying out a part of projects online. Additionally we have launched a Put Together Knowledge Remotely campaign  encouraging student volunteers to develop educational material useful in distance learning. The campaign is being promoted in social media and reached some 120,000 Internet users.

    Projects implemented under the Seniors in Action initiative of the “Third Age Universities” Program will be prolonged. The enrollment to the new round has been completed –  the Association of Creative Initiatives “ę”, the Program Manager, received 212 applications. Activities of TAU for Local Community project have been suspended – we expect to resume them in the fall. Additionally, we have supported Program Ambassadors’ current initiatives such as protective masks sewing or remote psychological support for seniors staying at home.

    In the area of development of local communites:

    Under the “Act Locally” Program a Crisis Support Package was offered to 77 Act Locally Centers operating on the area of over 600 rural communes and municipalities, which in turn assist smaller organizations and informal groups. Each year ALC network organizes  grant competitions to enhance improving the quality of life of local communities, and building social capital, under which support can be received for civic projects related to culture, local identity, environment protection or leisure time activities. This year’s fund for grants in the amount of at least PLN 3 million, including PLN 2 million earmarked for that purpose by PAFF, will be  awarded to local initiatives aimed at eliminating effects of pandemic. At the same time the competition procedures have been simplified and the institutional support fund created for Act Locally Centers which will suffer serious difficulties as a result of pandemic.

    Under the “PAFF Local Partnerships” Program the alumni may apply for grants of up to PLN 20,000 for activities focused on their local community common good, including initiatives that help to counteract coronavirus effects. Enrollment is on to the 7th round of the program under which the multisector coalitions will be set up to meet needs of local communities, including such as social effects of pandemic mitigation. The total amount earmarked for grants is over PLN 500,000.

    The ngo.pl Non-Governmental Organizations Portal has launched the following new sections on the situation of third sector in consequence of pandemic: Coronavirus – organizations are helping –  on assistance campaigns conducted by NGOs and Coronavirus – formal and legal issues –  on legal and organizational assistance for NGOs;

    Info line for NGOs is active –  those who call 801-646-719 are redirected to private mobiles of consultants who work from home.

    Under the “Financial Management for NGOs” (FIMANGO) path managed by Information Society Development Foundation organizations can get advice by phone or e-mail. Also, FIMANGO Local Advisors are running their online mentoring. Cancelled were stationary training sessions scheduled for April – if feasible they will be held online.

    Scheduled for April “PROMENGO” training sessions and Fundraising Schools of the Academy of Civic Organizations Foundation will be held in form of webinars. The Kursodrom.pl  e-learning platform operates without any changes. Master Class meetings with participation of guests from abroad and PROMENGO alumni have been suspended.

    Under the “PAFF Leaders” Program, Leader Open Space meetings for alumni are held online. To date they have been attended by 70 people. Additionally, so-called Quick Tutor Support – a special offer for those PAFF Leaders who need support in their present activities – has been launched. Leaders are supported by 35 tutors. The Alumni Initiatives Fund offers small grants of PLN 1,000 for activities carried out remotely.

    The date of Sector 3.0 Festival was changed from May to September, and the event will be held online. Materials presenting various tools and IT solutions  useful in the present situation, for example those needed due to the introduction of distance education, are posted on Sector 3.0 blog.

    All training sessions and workshops under the Library Development Program for librarians and other interested people are held in form of webinars. Only over last two weeks over 6,000 librarians took advantage of that offer. Most of activities are registered and made available on www.biblioteki.org and YouTube channel of Information Society Development Foundation

    In the area of sharing the Polish experience in transformation:

    Lane Kirkland Scholarship Program participants of 2019/20 academic year round keep studying and keep regular online contact with their lecturers. They are writing their diploma theses which they will defend in June. The 6th Kirkland Program Alumni Congress scheduled for May, which was to be attended by almost 400 people, has been cancelled. The event will be held in the spring next year.

    The Ambassadors of Region in Transition meeting under the “Region in Transition” (RITA) Program has been postponed to September. Enrollment to other initiatives under the program has been stopped.

    All study tours for students and professionals under “Study Tours to Poland”,  have been postponed to the last three months of 2020.

    Contact person:

    Przemysław Zaroń, PR Specialist, Polish-American Freedom Foundation, Tel. 601990029

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