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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

    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

    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

    News
     
    Enrollment to “School with Class” program
    Enrollment to “School with Class” program
    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 ...
    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

    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: (81) 534 78 93
    800 444 131

    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

    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 for the 1st year university course – apply now!
    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.
    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

    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 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 ...
    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

    News
     
    Join Affiliated Act Locally Centers
    Join Affiliated Act Locally Centers
    Are you active in an NGO operating in a village or town with a population of up to 50,000 people? ...
    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

    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:

    The 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

    News
     
    Let’s Talk about Climate. Alumni of PAFF Leaders meeting
    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.
    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)

    News
     
    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. 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 ...
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

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

    News
     
    Inauguration of the 5th round of the Library Development Program
    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.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Academy for the Development of Philanthropy in Poland
    ul. Marszałkowska 6/6, 00-590 Warszawa
    tel. (22) 622-01-22, fax (22) 622-02-11

    News
     
    Polish-Ukrainian projects of PAFF Local Partnerships
    Polish-Ukrainian projects of PAFF Local Partnerships
    Support for refugees from Ukraine who are staying in villages and small towns in Poland and ...
    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

    tel. +48 663 202 050

    Contact person:
    Maria Wiśnicka
    Project Coordinator 

    News
     
    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 ...
    RELIEF FUND
     
    The objective of the program, launched in March 2020, is to support NGO initiatives aimed at mitigating and/or counteracting the negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

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

    Multimedia
     
    News
     
    The “Relief Fund for NGOs” – results of the grant competition
    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.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

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

    News
     
    The Kirklanders started new academic year
    The Kirklanders started new academic year
    The venue of the opening ceremony of the new academic year for Kirkland Program scholarship ...
    REGION IN TRANSITION (RITA)
     
    The program supports initiatives of Polish non-governmental organizations aimed at sharing various aspects Poland’s experience in transformation This is implemented in cooperation with partners in Eastern Europe, the South Caucasus and Central Asia. The program offers grants, training opportunities and experts’ support, as well as assistance in establishing cooperation with foreign partners.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

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

    News
     
    “Partnership to the Power” grant competition
    “Partnership to the Power” grant competition
    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.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

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

    News
     
    “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

    News
     
    Grant competition for projects supporting Ukraine
    Grant competition for projects supporting Ukraine
    By October 4th the projects can be submitted to the “Support for Ukraine” PAFF grant program. ...
     
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    • The 12th Library Convention: “For your wellbeing”
    • The 12th Library Convention: “For your wellbeing”
    • The 12th Library Convention: “For your wellbeing”
    • The 12th Library Convention: “For your wellbeing”
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    LIBRARY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
    The 12th Library Convention: “For your wellbeing”
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    LIBRARY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
    The 12th Library Convention: “For your wellbeing”

    Organized as part of the Library Development Program, the 12th Public Library Convention was held online at Commune Public Library in Grodzisk Mazowiecki on November 24. This year its slogan was “For your wellbeing” and it was attended by 1,200 people – librarians, as well as representatives of organizations and institutions from all over Poland that cooperate with them.

    The participants were welcomed by the PAFF President and CEO Jerzy Koźmiński, who presented the history and results of the Library Development Program. He emphasized that the program has had a significant impact on the activity and perception of public libraries in villages and small towns. They have become the places offering access to information, culture, education, stimulating civil activity and integrating local communities. Referring to the leading theme of the convention – ‘For your Wellbeing’ President Koźmiński mentioned the Green Leader pilot program launched by the Polish-American Freedom Foundation which is aimed at supporting local leaders carrying out activities that counteract local natural environment degradation, including climate change. ‘Today it is important to care for our physical, psychical and social wellbeing but also for our neighborhood (…), finding valuable space that offers us sense of security but also stimulates, develops and allows us to build relationships. Over the last decade libraries undoubtedly started to act in that role,’ he said.

    The Library Convention first of all means inspiring meetings and conversations with interesting guests, authors of publications, and social leaders. It is the space for sharing knowledge and experience, combining resources, and inventing ideas of library new activities.

    The host of the event was Agnieszka Kozak, a TVN journalist who conducted a debate on how to keep balance in life, relations and the world with Julia Wizowska, an author of nanowosmieci.pl blog and Małgorzata Borowska of the House of Skills.

    Next the first bloc of simultaneous seminars took place.

    • Tomasz Rożek, a researcher and the author of naukatolubie.pl educational project spoke about the way our individual decisions translate into changes on our planet – what in fact means to save water, or use energy, whether the amount of raw materials is really definite, and should we buy vegetables from the market or rather grow them  in our gardens.
    • Marzenna Wojnar of Commune Public Library at Lubicz spoke about a very important phenomenon of librarians’ job burnout– its first symptoms, overcoming the effect and what we should do to prevent it.
    • Diana Chmiel who created ‘I prefer books’ website showed the seminar participants how to run such a profile using it as a tool allowing to get access to new readers, increase the users’ involvement and promote libraries and literature.

    In the virtual meeting zone there were meetings with the authors – for comics and Kajko and Kokosz series’ fans with Paulina Christa and Tomasz Kołodziejczak, conducted by Filip Jędruch of the “Sector 3.0”; and with Jarosław Kret, a journalist and the author of travel books, conducted by Marta Kostecka of the LABiB Association.

    In virtual stands the participants could share their experiences on various topics, such as:

    • ‘Dexterous navigation in digital world’ – the librarians spoke about supporting their community at the time of pandemic. That conversation was an invitation to the Digital Travelers in Europe who make library to become a place where you can learn to navigate in the world of digital services.
    • ‘Dive into the space of sound’ – how to make on your own a background for work or studying using the sounds of nature.
    • ‘Take care of your health and peace’ – how to create a comfortable, green work post; how to take care of your neck and shoulders when you work a lot with computer.

     The second seminar was on the following topics:

    • ‘Between the bookshelves: can library be zero waste? Can the spirit of UN sustainable development goals penetrate into a library to support wellbeing and ecology?’ – these were the questions which Agata Szczotka-Sarna, an eco-educator, and other participants were trying to answer.
    • Aleksandra Więcka, the author of ‘Jak mówić o sobie dobrze?’ (How to speak nicely of each other?) book, told the participants how they can discover their personal history, share successes and what mistakes they should avoid when speaking about themselves.
    • Wioletta Matusiak of Wikimedia Polska was sharing her expertise with regard to creating friendly educational zone in a library, transfer knowledge efficiently and meet real needs of class participants, as well as best use the potential of library to enhance the users’ potential and enrich classes with technical novelties.

    The Convention was also an opportunity to honor the winners of the Olga Rok Competition. The Polish-American Freedom Foundation, the Information Society Development Foundation and the Academy for the Development of Philanthropy in Poland are its partners. The competition supports personal development of female librarians who know how to mobilize themselves and others to look for new solutions and who bravely change their communities.

    In the interview with Agnieszka Kozak this-year’s winners told about their work at libraries: Alena Janukowycz of Broadway Branch of Józef Wybicki Municipal Public Library in Sopot (awarded in smaller institution category), who in cooperation with Sopot Integration and Foreigner Support Center runs ‘We speak Polish!’ classes for foreigners whose native language is Russian, and  Monika Bonder of Wola District of Warsaw Public Library, Branch of the No 25 Library for Children and Young People, awarded in larger library category for a series of pro-ecological activities, in particular the Green Project implemented jointly with the disabled and socially excluded, which gave those people a sense of agency. The winners got scholarships of PLN 5,000 to be used for their personal development.

    Other winners in the competition are:

    • Ilona Kowalska of Dr. Władysław Biegański Public Library in Częstochowa, Branch No. 9,
    • Marta Horabik-Piasecka of Hieronim Łopaciński Municipal Public Library in Lublin,
    • Barbara Markowska of Municipal Public Library in Szczecin, Branch No.5,
    • and Angela Kapustka of Juliusz Słowacki Municipal Public Library in Tarnów, Branch No.1.

    At the end of the ceremony the participants listened to two motivational speeches. The first of them – “With courage into the unknown” – was on overcoming the barriers which separate us from our own resources and our abilities to build relationships or develop internal courage, empathy and sympathy for ourselves. The speech was given by psychologist Joanna Chmura.

    The second speech was on personal story of Anna Malinowska of Ringier Axel Springer Polska, a special guest of the Convention. She told about the strength of self-compassion and courage.

    In the summing up of the 12th Library Convention, President of the Information Society Development Foundation Jacek Królikowski thanked the lecturers and all people involved in preparing the event. He emphasized the importance of caring for our wellbeing nowadays and expressed his belief that considering the topics, that was the most feminine Convention in the whole history of the Library Development Program.  

    The Library Convention is a cyclical event organized by the Information Society Development Foundation as part of the Library Development Program of the Polish-American Freedom Foundation. Over the years 2009-2015 the Library Development Program was implemented by the Polish-American Freedom Foundation in partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. A total of 3,808 libraries in more than 1,250 communes and municipalities – that is almost 60% of libraries in rural areas and small towns in Poland – participated in the Program. Since 2016 support for libraries is continued under the strategy of enhancing the core stage of the Library Development Program. Almost 250 libraries and their branches in 79 communes and municipalities, and about 300 librarians representing them have joined the Library Development Program under its 4th round implemented over the years 2021-2022.

    by Kalina Grzeszuk-Zajączkowska, photo courtesy of Karolina Szczepocka
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

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

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