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.
Even PLN 12,000 for implementation of a five-month-long project that develops social and emotional ...
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 ...
The School with Class Foundation has launched the 21st round of School with Class program! ...
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.
Summer break with “PROJECTOR”. Educational workshops
It’s full summer! And that means that “PROJECTOR” volunteers conduct summer classes for children ...
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. ...
Are you active in an NGO operating in a village or town with a population of up to 50,000 people? ...
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.
Let’s Talk about Climate. Alumni of PAFF Leaders meeting
Let’s Talk about Climate slogan was the main theme of this year’s alumni of PAFF Leaders meeting ...
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.
Polish-Ukrainian projects of PAFF Local Partnerships
Support for refugees from Ukraine who are staying in villages and small towns in Poland and ...
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.
Kirklanders of 2022/23 completed their studies in Poland
The ceremony of handing over the diplomas took place at University of Warsaw on June 27, 2023. ...
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 Education for Democracy Foundation and Polish-American Freedom 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.
“Shape Your Future” Sector 3.0 Festival – how technologies can change an organization
“Shape Your Future” Sector 3.0 Festival – how technologies can change an organization
Almost 650 participants, including more than 70 speakers – technology experts from Poland and other countries. Workshops, seminars, an international debate, as well as coding zone for children, fairs where several dozen companies offered their products, joint networking, a live report watched by 100,000 Internet users and 1st place on Twitter – that is how one can sum up Sector 3.0 Festival, the biggest in Poland event presenting application of new technologies for social activity.
The Festival took place in Warsaw on 30 and 31 May and was participated by representatives of non-profit organizations, business, start-ups, public administration, science and media. On the first day the venue of meetings was Copernicus Science Center and on the second day the workshops were held at the offices of 10 supporting institutions and companies.
“Technological innovations made it possible for people to travel into Space. It’s an excellent proof that creativity of people can go beyond the borders of our capabilities, that we can better ourselves, ” – said Col. George Zamka, NASA astronaut and the main guest of this-year Festival, during the opening presentation.
Similar was the sense of the address given by Prof. Peter Gloor from Massachusetts Institute of Technology at the opening ceremony: “Joining hands by us taken as one species, “hive” of people supported by technologies, can make the world around us better. I draw many inspirations from watching bees – the way they solve problems working together – and I think that many schemes of their behavior can be applied to improve us as humans, “ he explained.
During the main seminar part we could listen to lectures given by Polish and foreign experts in new technologies and their application by non-profit organizations. Actor Bartłomiej Topa and Synapsis Foundation instructed how a good viral campaign should be prepared. Onet.pl Program Director Bartosz Węglarczyk advised how to build the organization’s credibility at the era of “fake news”. Artur Kurasiński, a blogger and start-upper, in cooperation with Greenpeace Foundation prepared a seminar on “How to use virtual reality to raise funds for activities, while Chelsea Barabas from MIT Media Lab (USA) instructed on “How to keep job? Education at the era of robotization”.
The debates and workshops were crowned by a debate on global technological changes, moderated by Dr. Michał Boni, member of the European Parliament. Other members of that debate, that is Iva Walterova (Telecentre Europe), Prof. Junseok Hwang (Seoul National University), Kineret Karin (TechForGood), Michał Dżoga (Intel) and Prof. Peter Gloor (MIT) agreed that if we want to take the opportunity which new technologies offer, we need to change our thinking and acknowledge that new technologies can support us in most areas of our lives.
Also during the Festiva,l the Polish-American Freedom Foundation awarded its prize of PLN 40,000. The prize was presented to the Empowering Children Foundation for its technological efforts to create secure space for children in the Internet, as well as for organization of Digital Youth Forum conference, where young people share experiences in creative use of the Internet for their activities.
A great attraction was the coding zone for children, held for the first time. “Children could learn how to program Dash and Dot robots, the basics of programming with the ScottieGo game, and how to build a simple electric system. After the workshop they were visited by astronaut Col. George Zamka, who shared with them his impressions from his spaceflight,” informed Festival Director Dawid Szarański.
On the second day, the participants took place in 10 specialistic workshops, which were held in Warsaw offices of Intel, Microsoft, Cisco and Ericsson, as well as in the Ministry for Digitalization and Warsaw School of Economy.
Sector 3.0 is not only the name of a conference. It is also the name of the Polish-American Freedom Foundation program aimed at facilitating use of new technologies for social activity by non-profit organizations. It helps them act more effectively, reach more people with their offer and inspire others with their experiences in the area of new technologies. The Sector 3.0 program is managed by the Information Society Development Foundation. From 2011 to 2017 there were seven rounds of the Sector 3.0, attended by a total of over 3,300 participants.
Main Partner – Intel
Technological Partners – Microsoft, Orange
Supporting Partners – Ericsson, Cisco, Sony
Patrons – Telecentre Europe, Ministry for Digitalization, Broad Alliance for Digital Skills in Poland, Warsaw City Hall, Warsaw School of Economics
Cooperation – Copernicus Science Center, Infoshare, Coalition for Polish Innovations
Media Patrons – TVN24, Tygodnik Polityka, Press, Komputer Świat, PCLab, Pi.gov.pl, Mobile Trends, Ngo.pl, Dobra Strona Internetu, KobietyDoKodu, Crossweb, Fintek.pl, Nowymarketing.pl, Girls Code Fun