For over 20 years the “English Teaching” program has been initiating and supporting activities aimed at the English language promotion, improving the level of English teaching to children and young people in villages and small towns, and thus levelling the inequalities in educational opportunities.
“The English Teaching Tutoring initiative under which volunteers help students with English at their online meetings is an addition to our basic program addressed to students and teachers in schools in villages and small towns. Volunteer Tutors get our substantive, methodological and organizational support,” Justyna Kowalczyk, the “English Teaching” Program Coordinator of “Nida” Nidzica Development Foundation explains.
The objective of the initiative is to equal educational opportunities of students who, for various reasons, don’t get enough support from their schools and teachers and thus fall behind in learning as compared to other students in their class or school.
“We don’t set any goals, any tangible results to be achieved, such as better marks at the student’s school report. It’s not our objective. We want the students with problems to learn the material covered in lessons, we want to help them with their homework and offer them some psychological comfort in learning,” Justyna Kowalczyk says.
Feel invited to join the group of volunteers. Taking part in the project offers you an opportunity to gain new teaching experience and practice in working with students of various environments.
Applications shall be submitted to the “Nida” Nidzica Development Foundation using the online form.
Promoting English teaching, the “English Teaching” program stimulates and develops various social initiatives. Their effects often go beyond the initial goal and contribute to general activation of local communities. The program activities are addressed mainly to English teachers at elementary schools and kindergartens in villages and small towns. The program offers training for teachers combined with an opportunity to run projects implemented with their students, as well as training and consulting at the stage of preparing such projects.
Over the years 2000-2022, by means of grant competitions addressed to schools and NGOs operating in villages and small towns as many as 1210 projects have received grants and in many cases led to setting up clubs of friends of Anglo-Saxon culture and English, libraries with English literature and periodicals or drama clubs. Numerous competitions on English writers, culture and history, and English song festivals have been held. Many children and young people had an opportunity to watch films in English version or attend a lesson with an English native speaker. Some 74,000 students and over 4,800 teachers have participated directly, and over 200,000 parents and other representatives of local communities took indirect part in these projects.