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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

     

    News
     
    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

     

    News
     
    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

     

    News
     
    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

     

    News
     
    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
     
    Seniors again in action! Enrollment to the grant competition is on
    Seniors again in action! Enrollment to the grant competition is on
    The enrollment to the 17th round of competition supporting activity of seniors and promoting ...
    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

     

    News
     
    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

     

    News
     
    Meeting with the Winners of PAFF Sector 3.0 Prize
    Meeting with the Winners of PAFF Sector 3.0 Prize
    Barbara Boryczka and Joanna Milczarek of the Association of Little Brothers of the Poor  visited ...
    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

     

    News
     
    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

     

    News
     
    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
    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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    PAFF LOCAL PARTNERSHIPS
    Successes of PAFF Local Partnerships projects

    At the online meeting held on February 23, participants of the 7th round of the “PAFF Local Partnerships” Program presented the results of their initiatives and told us about the strength of partnerships that were established by them.

    The event was opened by President of the Academy for the Development of Philanthropy in Poland Paweł Łukasiak and Polish-American Freedom Foundation Program Officer Kalina Grzeszuk-Zajączkowska, who pointed to the great significance of partnerships’ strength and expressed their appreciation for people and institutions involved, their efforts, as well as encouraged them to keep on developing cooperation on the basis of worked out local resources.

    Next, Program Coordinator Emilia Dmochowska presented the opportunities to continue their cooperation under the alumni initiative – the Common Good Lab.

    After that the partnership leaders presented achievements of their year-long projects the common denominator of which was the common good, in each case on the basis of social diagnosis of local community needs.

    At Płużnica, the residents created a friendly, nice-looking, cozy and modern space for residents which they called Współdzielnia (Sharing Outlet). It became a place serving for development of informal education and neighbor support, where they can share their knowledge, experience and skills. They have held there a series of Breakfast Meetings For Civil Leaders, as well as various training sessions, workshops and educational classes.

    The partnership of Niepołomice wanted Niepołomicka Forest to integrate the local community and become a place where nature and historical past meet the residents’ needs. Started as a start-up in 6th round of the program actions have been extended to be more involving for the residents. For example, nature walks where organized in Niepołomicka Forest, there was also We Take Root – Health from the Nature Festival (it’s a word game in Polish: We take root = zapuszczamy korzenie, while forest=puszcza) aimed at promotion of healthy lifestyle and psychical wellbeing.

    The common good for the partnership of Gołdap was the public space viewed in social and cultural categories that would meet needs of both local community and tourists. Because of the turbulent past of Gołdap and Masuria region, the attention was also focused on multiculturalism which is a valuable element of that community. One of the project elements was an exhibition titled Gołdap – People And Places, held in the center of town, and presenting historical photos made available by people and four boards with large format pictures of pre-war architecture. The common ground is also a place for holding civic cafés and lectures.

    Orneta Idea Finder is a Center for Local Integration, the result of partnership work and activity, social innovation development, creativity, and competence space. It was designed as a place where residents can meet but also where workshops or debates can take place. It’s aim is to build local social capital. On the residents own initiative they also managed to create Wake-up Orneta Local Internet TV.

    The partnership of Międzyrzecz defined well informed community as their common good. The term includes such feelings as the need to learn local knowledge including  awareness of your own roots, as well as your municipality or village advantages, and events taking place there. They got closer to reaching that goal thanks to creation of local Internet TV as a start-up in 6th round of the program. Therefore the partners decided to develop that means of communication further and at the same time make the community of Międzyrzecz take also part in such activities as workshops, quests or outdoor games. Also, plans for development of thematic villages have been developed by village councils in 2 villages.

    At Dragacz commune it was decided that they will take care of traditions related to Kociewie region. Among other events participated by residents there were workshops of Kociewie patterns painting at the end of which there was a competition for the best works, bike rallies, and outdoor games.

    The objective of the Maps of Memory, Memory on Maps project at Janowice Wielkie was to preserve the collective historical, cultural, natural and social memory. Cooperation of residents resulted in creation of virtual map of places and stories in Janowice Wielkie commune, putting up 20 memory boards related to places marked on the map, and registering 11 interviews with senior residents of the commune.

    In Mosina commune a volunteering center for young people was set up. And also they set up a Federation of Local Organizations which is an association of organizations operating in the commune. Cooperation resulted in carrying several joint actions, such as collection for the retirement home, joining the Freedom Soup action for homeless people, as well as a collection of pets’ food for the shelter. Apart from that, 8 projects for young people and 3 competitions for residents have been implemented.

    Thanks to the implementation of Common Włodawa project the residents could realize what meaning has the public space had from historical and natural view point and what is its present esthetics. Four online meetings were held on such topics as history of Włodawa families, heritage of Jewish cemeteries, or how to cope with epidemic in small communities. In town park 11 memory boards related to Jewish cemetery existing there in the past have been put out.

    Residents of Czernica selected nurturing local identity and pointing to the uniqueness of the place they live in as their main goal. Therefore it was cultural heritage and history of Czernica, and in particular the 19th century palace there, became the common good around which the partnership was built. As a result the first in Śląskie province thematic village was created. The contacts of representatives of local community got closer when they joined hands preparing all elements of visual identification and building Granary of Secrets brand. They have developed 2 workshop scenarios and 4 quests for tourists visiting the village.

    What Do We Need? Let’s Do It! project in Lądek Zdrój consisted in improving the town esthetics. They held numerous actions to make the town look better (planting plants, putting out decorative flower pots in the main square) and next to the Cultural Center the educational herbal garden was created. The biggest event was the Street Art Festival Lądek-Zdrój, which turned into 8-day festival on the street art thanks to many new partners that joined the partnership. There were many attractions during the festival, such as local street theater performances, outdoor art installation made by children and young people of Lądek, artistic open-air, street concerts, workshops, animations, dance theater performance, and “the luncheon on the grass”.

    In Szumowo commune the residents focused their attention on historical and cultural resources, and especially on their open-air museum. As part of the project they organized 2 rounds of Szumowo Tradition and Folk Art Festivals, published Localities in Szumowo Community in the Past and Today book, held 10 various training sessions and workshops related to the tradition in the region, including the ones on old toys and games, weaving of straw, singing workshops, and cooking workshops.

    In Fredropol commune an interactive map was created showing the attractions in the commune with a total of 130 marked points. Each place is described in details, and the photos are posted (including aerial photos with 360 degrees display of selected places.) Additionally, thanks to cooperation with Wild Carpatians Initiative, they managed to add to the map also attractions planned in Turnicki National Park.

    The meeting participants emphasized special significance of emotional ties they have built while implementing the projects. Selected start-up will have an opportunity to extend their activities in the following round of the program.

    The objective of launched in 2009 “PAFF Local Partnerships” Program is to initiate and develop cooperation among participants of various PAFF programs to set up partnerships that can implement social projects important to local communities. The program uses the method of animating local communities to build the common good on the basis of earlier performed social diagnosis. In 2019 a pilot project was launched addressed to partnerships established at their own initiative and not involved in earlier implementation of PAFF programs.

    So far 50 PAFF Local Partnerships and 11 start-ups were established that cover 107 communes and municipalities. A total of almost 160,000 residents and almost 1,000 partners have participated. Only in the 7th round of the program over 220 partners and almost 400 volunteers were involved in activities carried out under 13 projects.

    by Kalina Grzeszuk-Zajączkowska, photo courtesy of the Academy for the Development of Philanthropy in Poland
    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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