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.
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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.
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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 ...
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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.
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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.
“Edit Distance Knowledge” – the initiative summing up
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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.
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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.
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
“Don’t be a bot. Switch thinking on!” a campaign of the “Demagog” Association
“Don’t be a bot. Switch thinking on!” social campaign prepared by the “Demagog” Association, ...
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 ...
12 reportages on people who have social activity in their blood
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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.
“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’ ...
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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 ...
Animation for the future: new experiences, ideas, maintaining the partners’ involvement and ...
The program supports local leaders who want to gain knowledge and competencies in conducting actions aimed at protecting the natural environment in their local communities, and also effectively obtaining EU funds for implementation of their initiatives.
Local leaders for environment and climate protection
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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.
The enrollment to the Kirkland Research Program for candidates from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, ...
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.
Almost 60 Polish NGOs and their partner organizations in Central and Eastern European countries ...
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 ...
#socially #actively #locally – the 15th anniversary of “Act Locally”
More than 200 people – NGO representatives from all over Poland, social activists, and civic leaders participated in the Festival of Civic Activity held in the Kamienica Theater in Warsaw on October 28, 2015.
The event began with the film presenting the most significant achievements of the three initiatives – the pillars of the Festival of Civic Activity, that is “Act Locally” and “PAFF Local Partnerships” as well as the competition for the “Civic Leader of the Year 2015” title organized by Newsweek Polska weekly.
Ambassador Jerzy Koźmiński, the Polish-American Freedom Foundation’s President and the co-host of the meeting, emphasized in his welcome address that the “Act Locally” Program, whose 15th anniversary was celebrated during the Festival of Civic Activity, has been the first and the largest PAFF grant program. It stimulates local communities, making them focus on activities responding to the needs defined by them. President Koźmiński pointed to the important role played in the program by the network of 60 Act Locally Centers – the active organizations that carry out local grant competitions which allow to finance various civic initiatives at the area of their operation and thus contribute to social capital strengthening. “The program is unusual in its scale and impact. Over 15 years, more than 7,500 local projects have been implemented with more than 3 million residents participating and hundreds thousand volunteers involved,” the PAFF president said, indicating at the same time that the “Act Locally” experiences have been used in other Polish-American Freedom Foundation’s programs, such as “PAFF Local Partnerships”, which since 2009 have been initiating cooperation between participants of various Foundation programs in order to establish partnerships for implementation of projects that are important to local communities. Ambassador Koźmiński also thanked all organizations and partners involved in these initiatives, and he especially warmly thanked the Academy for the Development of Philanthropy in Poland which is the manager of both these programs and the strategic partner of the competition for the title of the “Civic Leader of the Year”.
President of the Academy for the Development of Philanthropy in Poland (ARFP) Paweł Łukasiak emphasized in his address the need to appreciate the changes that occured in Poland over the last 25 years. “One of the most important achievements of the Round Table debate was the Law on Associations Act of 1989. The liberty to act, which we regained in the beginning of the 1990s, means also a call to take responsibility by communities for solving their problems but at the same time, the liberty to establish cooperation, partnerships that will help to build common welfare, improve conditions of various groups and develop communities. We shall appreciate that right to act and use it for the benefit of local communities,” Paweł Łukasiak said. The ARFP President noted also that these are social activists and local leaders who inspire and mobilize the society to solve various problems, such as sudden disasters but also lack of community integration, low level of trust, social exclusion or no prospects of passion and hobbies development. Both “Act Locally” and “PAFF Local Partnerships” help to activate communities to act for the common good.
“I see myself as a person coming from the civic society. I am a civil servant but all the time I am attached to the civil society,” Dr. Adam Bodnar, Commissioner for Civic Rights and the special guest of the Festival of Civic Activity said. In his address, he spoke about significance of three newly adopted acts, which he described as “critical for development of a civic society”. These are the acts on associations, on public gatherings, and on petitions. Dr. Adam Bodnar pointed also to the important role played in the Polish society by non-governmental organizations and said that he sees a partner and an ally in them. “It is my great obligation to the civic society, the obligation which I have already started to fulfil, if the time allows me, by working in expert committees that exist in my Office, such as Social Board and others,” dr Bodnar said.
Your work has the deepest sense (…) None of you struggle for awards, statuettes, diplomas but you act from the heart, to better the piece of Poland around you,” said Tomasz Lis, Newsweek Polska weekly Editor-in-Chief while presenting with the awards to the winners of the “Civic Leader of the Year2015” competition.
Piotr Pawłowski, President of the Friends of Integration Association and the Integration Foundation won the award for his struggle to build the world without architectonic, digital and social barriers, which among other things would enable the disabled to vote in the general elections. The Competition Committee appreciated his many-year, effective promotional campaigns for making the Internet services available for the disabled according to the world standard, his campaigns to change legal provisions on the disabled in Poland, with the special emphasis on laws regulating employment and professional development.
The award was won ex-aequo by rev. Andrzej Augustyński, founder, the Management Board Chairman and CEO of the Siemacha Association and the Demos Foundation founder and President. His merits include creation of sustainable system of support to development of young people through establishment of a network of innovative institutions all over Poland and systemic work which covers bringing up, sports and therapy, ensure young people multidimensional development and increase their chances for full participation in social and economic life.
The winners of the “Civic Leader of the Year 2015” competitions are Martyna Kaczmarek, founder and President of the “Day for Life” Foundation; swordsman Jacek Gaworski, founder of the “Help Struggle for Life” Foundation supporting people suffering from multiple sclerosis and cancer diseases; and Władysław Ornowski, founder and President of “Pan Władek” Social Support for Children Foundation.
The competition for the “Civic Leader of the Year 2015” title organized by Newsweek Polska weekly, whose main partner is the Polish-American Freedom Foundation and the Strategic Partner is the Academy for the Development of Philanthropy in Poland, refers to Wisława Szymborska’s initiative of 1996, implemented by Jacek Kuroń and “Social Assistance SOS” Foundation. Its purpose is awarding local activity in Poland and promote activity of individuals who by acting in NGOs, informal groups or local governments, struggle to solve various social problems.
The ceremony also included presenting the awards to the most effective partnerships, granted in the 4th edition of the “PAFF Local Partnerships” Program. Representatives of two Initiative Groups, implementing projects in Dębica and Ełk, will go for a study visit to the United Kingdom. The first one was awarded for creating the common space for cooperation of organizations, local governments and companies by establishing commune Internet volunteering center under the “Dębica district painted with the Internet” project. The other Group was awarded for promoting the idea of tolerance and creating the space for local community stimulation and joint work for overcoming the divisions by creating the “cultural and social posts” in Ełk commune under the “Open to diversity” project.
The coalitions established in the two first editions of the “PAFF Local Partnerships” Program were awarded for continuation of their partnership projects. PLN 30,000 for the development of activities under the “Angry Young People” project was presented to the leader of the PAFF Local Partnership – SMK Local Fund Foundation from Sandomierz, while PLN 15,000 went to Żywiec Development Foundation for continuation of their work for clean air under the “Żywiec without stench from burning” project.
The Festival of Civic Activity was also an opportunity to award Act Locally Centers with certificates confirming that they meet the highest standards in implementation of the “Act Locally” Program. Awarding the certificate is a form of appreciation for special involvement and professionalism in carrying out activities for the development and stimulation of local communities, that can serve as a model for other organizations. For the first time the certificates were awarded to 12 organizations in 2014. During the Festival, other 9 Act Locally Centers joined that group.
Fundacja Fundusz Lokalny Ziemi Biłgorajskiej [Biłgorajski Region Local Fund Foundation]
Darłowskie Centrum Wolontariatu [Darłowskie Center of Volunteering]
LGD Dolina Stobrawy [Stobrawa Valley LGD]
Fundacja Pokolenia [Generations Foundation]
Stowarzyszenie Wspierania Rozwoju Gospodarczego Ziemi Świeckiej „Inkubator Przedsiębiorczości” [“Incubator of Entrepreneurship” Association for the Support of Economic Development of Świecki Region]
Stowarzyszenie Kaczawskie [Kaczawskie Association]
Stowarzyszenie Europa i My [Europe and We Association]
Also the winners of the “Tell me…” competition were awarded. The aim of that competition is to encourage the project participants to present in attractive ways their activities carried out under the “Act Locally” Program.
The prizes and diplomas were presented to:
In the “Man” category:
The main award went to Strefa Kultury Młodzieżowej [Youth Culture Zone] for the video “Historia podwórka”[the History of a backyard]:
In the “Place” category:
The main award went ex aequo to:
Stowarzyszenie “Razem dla Kotulina” [Together for Kotulin Association] for the “Because we want to play football” video
Grupa nieformalna “Młodzi dla Młodych” [“The Young for the Young” Informal Group] for the “We will fix it together” video:
In the “Motive” category:
A honorary mention went to “Fabryka Prądu” [“Electric current Factory”] for the “The Kitchen identity [seen from the backstage]” video:
In the “Film Product of the Project” category:
The main award went to Stowarzyszenie Działań Lokalnych Spichlerz [Granary Local Activities Association] for “Turmoil of 1914 war stigmatized people…” video: