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.
The English Teaching Tutoring – be a volunteer tutor!
An offer for students and other people ready to devote their time, energy and knowledge to ...
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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.
Critical thinking is necessary to understand dynamics and complexity of the current world. ...
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.
Bridge Scholarships for the 1st year university course – apply now!
450 scholarships for the 1st year of studies are awaiting apt, ambitious students who come ...
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.
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 www.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 ...
Clear and understandable, intuitively navigated, with content presented in attractive form, ...
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. ...
140 representatives of Act Locally Centers (ALC) met at the ceremony of summing up the 12th ...
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).
Barbara Boryczka and Joanna Milczarek of the Association of Little Brothers of the Poor visited ...
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.
The main topic of the first congress in the new round was the leaders’ self-awareness. The ...
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.
The Pro Publico Bono Competition Foundation (2000-2014)
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. In 2021, the program reached nearly 250 new libraries. One of our methods for consolidating program outcomes is to increase the digital competencies of librarians and library ...
Inauguration of the 5th round of the Library Development Program
Cooperation, acting in partnerships and numerous ideas of activities to be performed in libraries ...
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.
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 ...
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.
The “Relief Fund for NGOs” – results of the grant competition
Under the “Relief Fund for NGOs and Civic Initiatives” Program, 46 NGOs received grants in ...
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.
The venue of the opening ceremony of the new academic year for Kirkland Program scholarship ...
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.
The Polish-American Freedom Foundation and the Education for Democracy Foundation invite Polish ...
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.
“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.
Over 60 speakers from seven countries, more than 600 participants and a prize of PLN 40,000 for TUS Foundation - that is how one can initially encapsulate “Sector 3.0” – the two-day event devoted to the Internet and use of new technologies by NGOs that was held in the Copernicus Science Center on May 18-19.
During the opening conference Prof. Anna Giza – Poleszczuk, University of Warsaw Vice-Rector, spoke about the problems connected to the conference’s leading slogan HumanTech. Both worlds – human and technology – are intertwined, and the Sector 3.0 Conference is an attempt to answer the question which is: to what extent they are interdependent and what we can do to use that interdependence in the best possible way. The Professor also spoke about problems with introducing new technologies by public sector and about difficulties faced by social sector with promoting such solutions.
The event (held in the Copernicus Science Center on the first day and in the seats of supporting institutions, organizations and companies on the second day) was organized by the Information Society Development Foundation. The event was attended by over 600 people who came from all over Poland and watched on-line by over 1,500 people, mainly NGO members from several dozen localities as well as representatives of business, public administration and academic world. The event was also an occasion to present the PAFF – Sector 3.0 ICT for Local Development award of PLN 40,000 which went to TUS Foundation in Warsaw. The Foundation has created the first in Poland base of places adjusted for the disabled, available at www.niepelnosprawnik.pl. Niepełnosprawnik helps the disabled in Gdańsk, Poznań, Warszawa and Wrocław find services close to their house.
The Sector 3.0 Conference was attended by several internationally renowned experts. One of them was Canadian futurist and writer Karl Schroeder, who in his lecture on “A Man in Digital era – closer or further apart?” presented his concept of dependence between the interpersonal relations and technological progress. George Hedon, founder of the Pause Fest, the biggest festival of creativeness and new technologies held in Australia, told the audience how new technologies and digital development can correlate with creativeness, stimulate creative thinking and develop latent talents which might otherwise never appear.
On the first day, there were 18 simultaneous seminars, including: “Crises on the Internet”, “Cooperation with Influencers”, “Technologies used for Profit”, or “How do they see you on the Internet?”. There were also presentations of new technologies, such as robots or applications teaching first aid (program details).
Why was the “Sector 3.0” HumanTech Conference an outstanding event?
Over 600 people visited Sector 3.0 during two days
More than 1.500 people watched the event on-line
According to Twitter Trends, on May 18 the #sektor2016 hashtag ranked first
On the conference day the Sector 3.0 fanpage was watched by over 46,000 users (data of May 18)
The total reach by Sector 3.0 in community media is almost 2 million users data of May 18)
The main partner of the conference is Intel, and the technological partners include Orange and Microsoft. The supporting partner is Uber. The conference takes place under the patronage of the Ministry of Digitalization. The event is part of the Broad Agreement for Digital Skills. The conference is also supported by the Copernicus Science Center.
“Sector 3.0” is one of the elements of the “ICT for Local Development” Program which is an initiative of the Polish-American Freedom Foundation implemented by the Information Society Development Foundation. The objective of the program is to promote the use of ICT by NGOs, especially at the local level.