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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. The program’s rich offer contributes to the professional development of English teachers who are working in small localities.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Nidzica Development Foundation “NIDA”
    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

    englishteaching.org.pl

     

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    The English Teaching Tutoring – be a volunteer tutor!
    The English Teaching Tutoring – be a volunteer tutor!
    An offer for students and other people ready to devote their time, energy and knowledge to ...
    EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES
     
    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.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Civis Polonus Foundation
    Bagatela 10 St., Ap. 36, 00-585 warsaw
    tel. +48 509 725 536; (48 22) 827 52 49
    e-mail: fundacja@civispolonus.org.pl

    rownacszanse.pl

     

    News
     
    Ready for the Future. Debate on the challenges faced by 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 ...
    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) 518 287 625
    e-mail: fundacja@szkolazklasa.org.pl

    sus.ceo.org.pl

     

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    The “LES” Summer School for Directors
    The “LES” Summer School for Directors
    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 ...
    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

    szkolaedukacji.pl

     

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    The objective: teacher’s effectiveness. New year at the School of Education
    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.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Educational Enterprise Foundation
    ul. Marii Curie Skłodowskiej 3/2.32
    20-029 Lublin
    e-mail: biuro@projektor.org.pl
    tel: +48 507 703 240

    www.projektor.org.pl

     

    News
     
    You can learn critical thinking from your child
    You can learn critical thinking from your child
    Critical thinking is necessary to understand dynamics and complexity of the current world. ...
    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 recipients a door to further assistance 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

    www.stypendia-pomostowe.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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    Bridge Scholarships – a bridge to the better future
    Bridge Scholarships – a bridge to the better future
    High school-leavers coming from small towns or villages and low-income families may apply for ...
    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.
    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

    seniorzywakcji.pl

     

    News
     
    10 years of the „Seniors in Action” competition
    10 years of the „Seniors in Action” competition
    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 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 obtain ...
    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
     
    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. ...
    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

    dzialajlokalnie.pl

    News
     
    Training sessions for Act Locally Centers Network. Report
    Training sessions for Act Locally Centers Network. Report
    A series of training sessions for Act Locally Centers Network took place from February 27 to ...
    SECTOR 3.0
     
    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).
    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

    sektor3-0.pl

     

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    Sector 3.0 prize – enrollment to the 2024 round has been launched
    Sector 3.0 prize – enrollment to the 2024 round has been launched
    The competition for Sector 3.0 prize of Polish-American Freedom Foundation is taking place ...
    PAFF LEADERS
     
    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.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    Zbigniew Pełczyński 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

    liderzy.pl

     

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    Monika Horna-Cieślak was a guest of PAFF Leaders congress
    Monika Horna-Cieślak was a guest of PAFF Leaders congress
    “I can see in you a lot of energy, sensitivity, and willingness to change the world,” the Child ...
    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.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Local Press Association (The Bolesław Wierzbiański Award)

    The Media Forum Foundation (“Media Forum. Local Development”)

    The Institute for Market Economics (Civic Congress)

    The Pro Publico Bono Competition Foundation (2000-2014)

     

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    Local media journalists met at the PAFF Head Office
    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. From 2021 to 2023, the program reached over 400 new libraries. One of our methods for consolidating program outcomes is to increase the digital competencies of librarians and ...
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

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

    biblioteki.org

     

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    How do libraries help? The 14th Library Congress
    How do libraries help? The 14th Library Congress
    How Can I Help? Was the slogan of this year’s 14th National Library Congress, that took place ...
    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.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

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

    www.lokalnepartnerstwa.org.pl

     

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    PAFF Local Partnerships place importance on cooperation
    PAFF Local Partnerships place importance on cooperation
    Almost 50 participants representing PAFF Local Partnerships established all over Poland attended ...
    GREEN LEADER
     
    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.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Sendzimir Foundation
    46a Mokotowska St., Ap. 25
    00-543 Warszawa

    zielonylider.org

    tel. +48 663 202 050

    Contact person:
    Maria Wiśnicka
    Project Coordinator

     

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    25th round of the Competition for the Benefactor of the Year
    25th round of the Competition for the Benefactor of the Year
    “Do good all year round” – that slogan has accompanied socially responsible companies for the ...
    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.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

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

    kirkland.edu.pl

     

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    Warsaw hosted this-year’s Kirklanders
    Warsaw hosted this-year’s Kirklanders
    The meeting of Kirkland Program scholarship holders in Warsaw is a permanent event held for ...
    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.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Education for Democracy Foundation
    9/11 Nowolipie St., 00-150 Warsaw
    e-mail: rita@fed.org.pl

    programrita.org

     

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    “Support for Ukraine” – a fast RITA grant path
    “Support for Ukraine” – a fast RITA grant path
    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.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Leaders of Change Foundation
    Al. Jerozolimskie 133 lok. 56
    02-304 Warszawa
    e-mail: stp@studytours.pl

    studytours.pl

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    “Study Tours to Poland” for students from Ukraine and Moldova
    “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.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Education for Democracy Foundation
    ul. Nowolipie 9/11, 00-150 Warszawa
    e-mail: ukraina@fed.org.pl

    Contacts persons:
    Sylwia Gajownik, the Education for Democracy Foundation, Tel. +48 535 854 424
    Agnieszka Świeczka, the Education for Democracy Foundation, Tel. +48 605 787 757

    fed.org.pl/wspieramy-ukraine

     

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    Over PLN 1.6 million for intervention projects
    Over PLN 1.6 million for intervention projects
    Under “Support for Ukraine”, the new program of the Polish-American Freedom Foundation, 59 ...
     
    We stand with Ukraine
     
    We stand with Ukraine
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    We stand with Ukraine

    The war in Ukraine, that began with the Russian invasion on February 24, has had an immense impact on the activities of NGOs in Poland, including the Polish-American Freedom Foundation. From the very beginning the staff has been in ongoing contact with its partners, the PAFF Program Managers; they all have been monitoring the situation and taking necessary steps to assist participants in the Foundation’s programs in Ukraine as well as Ukrainian refugees in Poland.

    PAFF’s support for Ukraine has included the following activities:

    International programs

    In the early weeks of the war we were responding especially to the needs of numerous former and present participants of three PAFF’s international programs: Lane Kirkland Scholarships, “Region in Transition” (RITA), and “Study Tours to Poland” (STP).

    Over the years 2000-2022, 8,590 citizens of Ukraine visited Poland under these programs: 555 “Kirklanders”, 1,380 participants of the “RITA” Program and 6,655 in the “Study Tours to Poland” Program (4,508 professionals and 2,147 university students).

    1. In the “Region in Transition” (RITA) Program, managed by the Education for Democracy Foundation, a fast “Ukrainian path” was created. That special path paved the way to a new PAFF program – “Support for Ukraine” – addressed to Polish NGOs that offer aid to their partner civilian organizations in Ukraine and/or refugees from Ukraine in Poland. Thanks to the transformation of the “Ukrainian path” into the “Support for Ukraine” program a total of PLN 1.7 million was allocated for those intervention projects. In total, the PAFF Board of Directors earmarked over PLN 5 million for the “Support for Ukraine” program.
      In March, 422 NGOs submitted applications to participate in the competition for grants for the intervention projects.  On the basis of assessment by independent experts and the decision made by the Grant Committee grants were awarded to 59 NGOs in 14 Polish provinces, most of them operating in small towns and villages. 15 projects were being implemented in Ukraine. The intervention projects were aimed at securing the civilian population in Ukraine, supplying medical and personal protection items, equipping and adapting locations that allow people to stay in them under the conditions of war, as well as supporting Ukrainian refugees in Poland.
    2. Another action carried out under the “Support for Ukraine” program was the grant competition for long-term projects, whose winners were announced in June. The objectives of these projects included supporting children’s and young people’s education in Poland, helping war refugees from Ukraine adapt to the conditions on the Polish job market, and counteracting discriminating practices against them. The Competition Committee chose 33 projects out of the 246 submitted by Polish NGOs. The total value of these projects is over PLN 1.5 million. They are carried out in 14 Polish provinces, and 8 in Ukraine.
      The third grant competition, aimed at supporting intervention projects, was launched in September and is addressed to Polish NGOs that want to carry out activities increasing access of Ukrainian children and young people to school and non-school education in Poland and in Ukraine.
    3. Since 2000 more than 1,000 Polish NGOs have participated in the “RITA” program; together with their Ukrainian partners they implemented 444 projects. Since the end of February 2022, support and humanitarian aid for the civilian population in Ukraine have been organized on the basis of established contacts.
    4. Since the beginning of war the holders of the Lane Kirkland Scholarship Program, managed by the Leaders of Change Foundation, who are currently staying in Poland, have been offered informational and organizational support as well as help in transferring their families to Poland. The Program Team tried to respond to the individual and collective needs reported by the program alumni in Ukraine, such as providing them with medicines, medical equipment and food. To that end PLN 100,000 has been reallocated under the Kirkland Program’s current budget for humanitarian aid for the civilian population and coordination of assistance in Ukraine.
    5. Additionally, thanks to the fundraising campaign conducted by the Leaders of Change Foundation, 3 ambulances were equipped and delivered to Ukraine by the alumni who are currently living in Poland. Many former Kirkland Program participants play important roles in Ukrainian public and local administration, academic communities, cultural institutions, NGOs, business and media. One of them is Iryna Vereshchuk, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Reintegration of Temporarily Occupied Territories who studied in Warsaw at the National School of Public Administration in 2015/16.
    6. Under the “Study Tours to Poland” Program, managed by the Leaders of Change Foundation in cooperation with Borussia Foundation, the “STP for Ukraine” undertaking, with a budget of PLN 900,000, has been launched. Polish NGOs that had hosted groups of university student leaders and professionals delivered material and financial support through the program alumni to people who had suffered from the war. That assistance went to a majority of the 24 districts of Ukraine, including the Kyiv Oblast and Kyiv City, the Lviv Oblast, the Ternopil and Dnipropetrovsk Oblasts, as well as the Kharkiv Oblast, the Sumy Oblast and the Lugansk oblast.
    7. Former participants in the “Study Tours to Poland” Program from Tarnopol, Khrystyna Bilinska, a civil servant and a social activist, and Mykhailo Syrotyuk, a city councilman – both founders of the Science Center in Tarnopol  – organized a large group of volunteers and for months have been involved in supporting refugees, including material assistance. The Science Center in Tarnopil has become a local humanitarian aid center.

    Domestic programs

    In both main areas of PAFF’s domestic activity – education and development of local communities – actions primarily focused on assisting refugees from Ukraine in Poland have been implemented since the beginning of the war. So far PLN 1.6 million has been allocated for these initiatives. At the same time, managers of several PAFF programs raised over USD 4 million from external sources.

    One of the most significant goals in the area of education is assistance in securing care for Ukrainian children.

    1. On the first day of Russian invasion, the “War in Ukraine. How to talk about it with kids and teenagers” was held under the Learning Schools” (LES) program. Its objective was to prepare Polish teachers to deal with a totally new situation resulting from the war. In the following weeks next 9 seminars preparing school directors and teachers to work with students from Ukraine were arranged. They were viewed by almost 50,000 people. Since September and the beginning of new school year a series of remote presentations, workshops and meetings on intercultural education and diversity management has been run as part of the Resistant School initiative. The series is addressed to ca. 2,000 school directors.
    2. Thanks to its experience gained under such projects as “Let’s Talk about Refugees” conducted from 2015 under the initiative and with grants from PAFF, the Center for Citizenship Education Foundation, the Manager of the “Learning Schools” program, has developed many teaching aids for teachers, including: “What can we do in the time of war in Ukraine?”, “How shall we talk with children and teenagers at home and school about the war?”, “How shall we talk about the war in the presence of children from Ukraine, Russia and Belarus?”, “Learn about the people and culture of Ukraine through their literature, music and movies”. So far some 20,000 people have used them. In September 2022, thanks to the PLAN International and the Norwegian Refugee Council funds new courses and workshops for teachers were launched. Information about these training sessions and teaching aids are available on Polska-Ukraina. Razem w szkole (Poland-Ukraine. Together at School).
    3. On the first day of war the PAFF and UW School of Education had already prepared a webinar for teachers, “How to talk with students about the war in Ukraine”. Later it held three other open webinars for teachers on talking with school students about the war, teaching the Polish-Ukrainian history as well as methods of integrating Polish and Ukrainian teenagers; they have been seen by over 10,000 people. Additionally, the experts of the School of Education have produced a set of guides for teachers where they describe differences between Polish and Ukrainian curricula and suggest activities to help in integrating refugee’s children. To date some 30,000 teachers have used it. All these aids are available on the SE website. The School has also organized the “Ukrainian Teacher in Poland” conference attended by almost 100 teachers from Ukraine, and run two online courses: “How to Teach Polish as a Foreign Language” for 30 Polish teachers and “Teaching Math in Poland” for 20 teachers from Ukraine. One of the participants of the conference was Lilia Hrynevich, the Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine in 2016-2019, an alumna of the Lane Kirkland Scholarship Program.
    4. Under the “School with Class” program a series of sessions on ways of coping with the war situation in Ukraine was arranged. Also, open webinars were held on stress, fear and insecurity. All materials are available on the School with Class Foundation website. So far almost 10,000 people have used them. In May about 100 educational institutions participating in the School with Class program and educating students from Ukraine received computer equipment thanks to support from the Intel company. In September enrollment to the 20th round of “School with Class” was launched. This year the main theme of the round is diversity. The schools participating in the program can hope for extra support. Thanks to funds provided by Plan International, under the new round of the program the School with Class Foundation offers individualized support and consulting to teachers from all over Poland, and grants for introducing changes in the school space to teams of Polish and Ukrainian students. The schools will receive training and consulting by coaches trained in intercultural education.
    5. Activities supporting Ukrainian children are also carried out by student–volunteers of the Projector – Student Volunteers program. From March to May 127 volunteers conducted classes for over 3,000 children from Ukraine at 91 institutions; most of them in the Puławy, Lesko and Bieszczady counties.
    6. The “Equal Opportunities” program supported two Ukrainian organizations with PLN 30,000 – the Center for Education Initiatives of Lviv and the Unique Region Mission of Zmerynka in the Vinnitsa oblast – that are offering support to the civilians who have suffered from the war.
    7. In March an online meeting with a psychologist, Małgorzata Ohme, on “How to talk with teens on the war” was held on the “Equal Opportunities” YouTube channel and Facebook profile. The event was moderated by Janusz Schwertner, an Onet journalist and feature writer.
    8. In the past years 45 Young Explorers’ Clubs with some 20,000 active participants have been established in Ukraine under the “Equal Opportunities” program. These Clubs have their seats in Kyiv, Donetsk, Kharkov, Mariupol, Odessa, Tarnopol and Lviv. The Civis Polonus Foundation, the “Equal Opportunities” Program Manager, is in contact with them and has offered assistance, including a shelter in Poland.
    9. The “NIDA” Development Foundation, the Manager of the “English Teaching” program, has been working with English teachers in schools located in villages and small towns on intercultural education for a number of years. In many schools they are in charge of the first contact and adaptation assistance to foreign students. Since the outbreak of war the English Teaching program team has been focusing on preparing English teachers in small localities to support school students from Ukraine, not only in communication with Polish children and young people but also in formal and everyday family issues. The “NIDA” Foundation is also actively supporting the “Dobroczyn Center” Association in Chernihiv and preparing local communities to play host to families from Ukraine.

    In the area of local community development in Poland:

    1. In Act Locally a separate path “Act Locally and in solidarity with Ukraine” enabling Act Locally Centers to receive support for projects offering aid to refugees from Ukraine, has been launched within regular local grant competitions. 201 grants for a total of almost PLN 1 million were awarded for projects to be implemented by the end of 2022. Over the last years the  Academy for the Development of Philanthropy in Poland, the “Act Locally” Program Manager, and some Act Locally Centers became involved in the “Act Locally in Ukraine” initiative. Within this undertaking elements of the Polish model of local philanthropy development, such as running local grant competitions, fundraising, organizing volunteering, and building local partnerships were transferred to Ukraine. The Act Locally Centers have been in contact with their Ukrainian partners and made efforts to meet the needs reported by them on an ongoing basis.
    2. In PAFF Local Partnerships, the offer of local grant competitions makes it possible to obtain funds for the implementation of activities aimed at helping refugees from Ukraine. At least 10 such projects will be implemented for a total of PLN 300,000.
    3. Through the Anti-Crisis Support Fund, 9 Act Locally Centers assisting refugees from Ukraine received grants for a total amount of PLN 50,000. The grants were for activities such as buying equipment needed for reception and information points and hiring the coordinators of volunteers. Some ALCs also received a total of USD 100,000 from the Mott Foundation under the Global Challenges Local Solutions carried out by the Academy of the Development of Philanthropy in Poland
    4. In thePAFF Local Partnerships program 9 grants for a total of PLN 90,000 for projects supporting refugees from Ukraine were awarded under the Development Fund for alumni. The grants enabled psychological consultations, integration meetings, Polish lessons, cooking, handicraft, and theatrical workshops. Additionally, two new PAFF local partnerships received PLN 100,000 for activities helping to integrate refugees from Ukraine with local communities
    5. Under the PAFF Leaders program, implemented in cooperation with the School of Leaders Foundation, assistance was provided to both the program’s current participants and alumni who carry out activities aimed at assisting refugees from Ukraine in finding accommodation and jobs in their communities.
    6. Under the Library Development Program and in cooperation with the “Sector 3.0” program, both of which are managed by the Information Society Development Foundation, the Libraries for Ukraine initiative has been launched. Also the website bibliotekidlaukrainy.org.pl was created with the aim of supporting libraries that offer help to refugees from Ukraine. These libraries are not only trying to help refugees from Ukraine with their current, basic needs but will also support the refugees in becoming a part of local communities in a longer-term perspective.
    7. Libraries have played the role of institutions offering necessary information to refugees from Ukraine about support provided by local governments and NGOs regarding fundamental issues such as admitting children to schools and kindergartens, seeking job opportunities, and providing psychological assistance. The refugees have also gained access to computers and the Internet in libraries and their children are invited to join activities for local children held at these institutions. Also, libraries receive support for creating cultural offers for Ukrainian citizens.
    8. The Information Society Development Foundation, the Manager of the Library Development Program, received a grant of USD 1 million from the Save the Children Foundation for the “Libraries for All” project that involves 100 libraries offering multidimensional educational support for children and young people from Ukraine

    Coordination of Polish NGOs’ activities

    Since the beginning of the war initiatives supporting Ukraine, especially Ukrainian refugees, have been undertaken by numerous Polish NGOs, often in cooperation with local governments. These activities were especially intensive in the first weeks of the Russian invasion.

    PAFF became involved in efforts aimed at coordination of Polish NGOs activities. That included supporting activities for the benefit of Ukrainian children in Poland carried out by the “SOS for Ukraine” network of NGOs.

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