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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. Thanks to rich program offer it contributes to professional development of English teachers working in small towns and villages.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The “Nida” Development Foundation
    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

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    English Teaching Educational Support Package
    English Teaching Educational Support Package
    Due to the difficult pandemic situation in Poland which induced certain changes in educational ...
    EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES
     
    A system of support for local initiatives aimed at equalizing educational opportunities for comprehensive development of children and youth from small towns and rural areas. The program consists of cyclical grant competitions as well as training and regional forums allowing to exchange experiences between NGOs and other entities involved in projects related to children and youth education and training.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The Polish Children and Youth Foundation ("Equal Opportunities 2020")
    6 Kredytowa St. Ap. 20, 00-062 Warsaw
    tel./fax (48 22) 826-10-16
    e-mail: rownacszanse@pcyf.org.pl

    The Civis Polonus Foundation ("Equal Opportunities 2021")
    Bagatela 10 St., Ap. 36, 00-585 warsaw
    tel. +48 509 725 536; (48 22) 827 52 49
    e-mail: fundacja@civispolonus.org.pl

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    “Equal Opportunities” with new a Program Manager
    “Equal Opportunities” with new a Program Manager
    As a result of agreement concluded by the Polish-American Freedom Foundation, the Polish Children ...
    THE LEARNING SCHOOLS (LES)
     
    The purpose of this program is to improve the quality of Polish education through the use of the best foreign models and domestic experiences. Its objective is to improve teaching and assessment methods and comprehensive school development based on cooperation of teaching staff members. Schools develop new solutions and share best practices. The program includes also post-graduate studies for school principals and interactive Internet courses for teachers. Particular emphasis is placed on schools ...
    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 22) 658 00 73
    e-mail: fundacja@szkolazklasa.org.pl

    News
     
    Invitation to the On-line Teachers Academy
    Invitation to the On-line Teachers Academy
    Under the “Learning Schools” (LES) Program teachers from all over Poland can participate in ...
    PAFF AND UW SCHOOL OF EDUCATION
     
    The objective of the program, implemented jointly with the University of Warsaw, is to prepare candidates to teacher profession. This one-year postgraduate full-time studies are addressed to graduates of MA/MSc studies in Polish language, math, biology and history. The innovative curriculum was developed in cooperation with Teachers College, Columbia University, New York. The SE runs also training sessions, seminars and e-learning courses for teachers.
    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
     
    Recruitment to the School of Education
    Recruitment to the School of Education
    The School of Education of Polish-American Freedom Foundation and University of Warsaw opens ...
    PROJECTOR - STUDENT VOLUNTEERS
     
    The idea behind this program is to tap into the intellectual potential and energy of university students in order to promote active people and equal educational opportunities for children and youth from small localities. This is achieved by having groups of student-volunteers carry out educational projects at schools and other institutions.
    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
     
    “Edit Distance Knowledge” – the initiative summing up
    “Edit Distance Knowledge” – the initiative summing up
    Student  volunteers active in the “PROJECTOR” Program decided to free parents who work at home ...
    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 scholarship recipients a way to further assistance i.a. 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

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    Over 1,000 bridge scholarships for students
    Over 1,000 bridge scholarships for students
    Over 1,000 students receive scholarships under the Bridge Scholarships Program this academic ...
    THIRD AGE UNIVERSITIES (TAU)
     
    The objective of this program is to stimulate social energy of the senior citizens. It is carried out at two different levels: the Seniors in Action grant competition, under which senior citizens come up with an idea and carry out projects for the benefit of their local communities and intergenerational integration as well as support for the Third Age Universities through training opportunities and mini-grants for cyclical activities promoting volunteering.
    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
     
    Seniors for local communities
    Seniors for local communities
    The fifth round of TAU for Local Communities project is on. The project is implemented under ...
    SUPPORT FOR NGOS
     
    An information and support system for Polish NGOs and civic initiatives. It includes the Non-Governmental Organizations’ Portal ngo.pl, the free Infoline 801 646 719, a database of organizations and institutions and the “Third Sector” quarterly. The program also offers training, counseling and publications on NGO management (“FIMANGO”, “PROMENGO” and Kursodrom.pl platform). Furthermore, it supports non-governmental organizations with information and advocacy efforts designed to help them effectively ...
    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
     
    The grant competitions organized by the network of Act Locally Centers (ALC) lend support to various initiatives of non-governmental organizations and informal groups that activate communities of villages and small towns as well as foster developmental aspirations. The undertaken activities are founded on cooperation and respond to specific needs of a local community, and involve various partners. As a result, they contribute to building social capital and improving the quality of life. Successive ...
    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

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    “Local Dreams To Be Met” in the “Act Locally” Program
    “Local Dreams To Be Met” in the “Act Locally” Program
    Registration of applications to grant competitions for 2021 carried out by Act Locally Centers ...
    SECTOR 3.0
     
    The aim of the program is to broaden knowledge and skills of non-governmental organizations’ employees and activists in practical use of modern information and communication technologies (ICT). The program comprises several components: informational, which is implemented through the website and the blog; promotional, under which the Sector 3.0 Festivals and meetings in the TechClub network are cyclically held; consultative, which lends support through training and consultations provided by ICT Mobile ...
    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
     
    PAFF Sector 3.0 Award winner announced
    PAFF Sector 3.0 Award winner announced
    The award for innovations in socially useful activities went to Demagog Association in Kraków.
    PAFF LEADERS
     
    The program is addressed first of all to active participants of program financed by PAFF and supports development of local leaders’ skills and qualifications necessary in effective working for the benefit of their communities. The program uses the method of tutoring, that is permanent cooperation of a leader with a tutor. The program participants take also part in a series of training sessions and receive customized support. The offer for the program alumni is aimed at further improvement of their ...
    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
     
    12 reportages on people who have social activity in their blood
    12 reportages on people who have social activity in their blood
    On March 11, “Przewiew. 12 historii otwartych”, a collection of reportages on people who are ...
    PRO PUBLICO BONO
     
    The Competition for the Best Civil Initiative was launched in 1999 by Prime Minister Jerzy Buzek. Since 2000, the Polish-American Freedom Foundation had funded the prizes awarded in the Competition. Under the program, the Foundation presently supports the Bolesław Wierzbiański Competition for local newspapers, and the annual Civic Congress held in Warsaw.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

    The „Pro Publico Bono” Competition Foundation (2000-2014)
    The Local Press Association

    News
     
    “Gazeta Jarocińska” won the Bolesław Wierzbiański Award
    “Gazeta Jarocińska” won the Bolesław Wierzbiański Award
    The ceremony of announcing the Local Press Association competition results and presenting the ...
    LIBRARY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
     
    Under the program implemented till April 2015 by the partnership of PAFF and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, almost 4,000 public libraries in municipalities and rural communes with population of up to 20,000 inhabitants had been supported. They became modern multifunctional centers which provide access to information, culture and education, and at the same time stimulate active citizenship. Presently, the effects of the program are enhanced with activities aimed at development of librarians’ ...
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

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

    News
     
    The 4th round of the Library Development Program has been launched
    The 4th round of the Library Development Program has been launched
    Almost 250 libraries in small towns and villages and about 300 librarians representing them ...
    PAFF LOCAL PARTNERSHIPS
     
    The purpose of the program is to initiate and develop cooperation among beneficiaries of various PAFF programs who establish Local Partnerships and involve other local organizations and institutions, as well as entrepreneurs, self-government bodies, and media into implementation of partnership projects responding to diagnosed local community needs. Their activities, using the method of animating local communities worked out in the program, contribute to consolidation of the social capital through ...
    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
     
    Locally, acting together and effectively
    Locally, acting together and effectively
    On April 26 there was an online seminar promoting the Method of Local Community Animation for ...
    LANE KIRKLAND SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
     
    A scholarship program for young leaders from Eastern Europe as well as the South Caucasus and Central Asia. Through the two-semester post-graduate studies at Polish universities and professional internships, they have an opportunity to learn about Poland’s transformation experience and integration with the European Union. The offer includes also one-semester courses for academics.
    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
     
    This-year’s Kirklanders have started their studies in Poland
    This-year’s Kirklanders have started their studies in Poland
    58 scholarship holders from 10 countries of Europe, South Caucasus and Central Asia have started ...
    REGION IN TRANSITION (RITA)
     
    The program supports initiatives of Polish non-governmental organizations, aimed at sharing Poland’s experience in various aspects of transformation, which are implemented in cooperation with partners in Eastern Europe, the South Caucasus and Central Asia. The program offers grants, training opportunities and experts’ support, as well as assistance in establishing cooperation with foreign partners.
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

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

    News
     
    Be active in the East! Partnership projects
    Be active in the East! Partnership projects
    The Education for Democracy Foundation and the Polish-American Foundation invite Polish non-governmental ...
    STUDY TOURS TO POLAND (STP)
     
    The study tours to Poland, implemented since 2004, are to show the realities of Poland and the European Union to active citizens of East European, South Caucasus and Central Asia countries. Their participants are student leaders from Ukraine, Belarus, Russia and Moldova and professionals from countries of the Region. During their visit to Poland, the foreign visitors meet representatives of public life, academic and business circles, they learn about NGOs’ activities as well as operation of central ...
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

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

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    “STP” presents Local Governments’ Way To Success
    “STP” presents Local Governments’ Way To Success
    We would like to invite you to watch videos made by the “Study Tours to Poland” Program Team ...
     
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    The Fifth Congress of Public Libraries
     
    LIBRARY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
    The Fifth Congress of Public Libraries
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    LIBRARY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
    The Fifth Congress of Public Libraries

    The nation-wide Congress of Public Libraries was organized by the Information Society Development Foundation (FRSI) as part of the Library Development Program, which is the result of partner cooperation between the Polish-American Freedom Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The event was held under the honorary patronage of the First Lady Anna Komorowska and Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz, Mayor of Warsaw.

    The inauguration of the Congress was attended by: Minister Małgorzata Fuszara, Government Plenipotentiary for Equal Status; Dariusz Stola, Director of the Museum of the History of Polish Jews; Tomasz Makowski Director of the National Library; Anna Duńczyk-Szulc, Vice Director of the State Patronage Department of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage; Małgorzata Naimska, Vice Director of the Bureau of Culture at the Warsaw City Hall; Grzegorz Gauden, Director of the Book Institute; Elżbieta Stefańczyk, Chairperson of the Polish Librarians’ Association; Jadwiga Czartoryska, President of the Orange Foundation. Present were also heads of national library programs in Romania, Turkey and Lithuania as well as representatives of the Norwegian libraries cooperating with the Information Society Development Foundation.

    The Congress was inaugurated by Jerzy Koźmiński, President of the Polish-American Freedom Foundation and Chairman of the FRSI Board, and Rafał Kramza, President of the Information Society Development Foundation and Director of the Library Development Program. In his opening address, Jerzy Koźmiński recalled the objectives of the Library Development Program, emphasizing that it helps transform libraries in villages and small towns into modern, multifunctional centers of information, education, culture and civil activity. He also noted, that in response to proposals submitted during the third Congress, the program was extended till April 2015, which allowed almost 500 libraries to join the Program in its third round. Currently almost 4,000 public libraries from rural-and-municipal and rural districts, and small towns of up to 20,000 residents take part in it. “Apart from extending the scale of the program, also the actions taken to reinforce the program effects were very important. The first category of activities under the program are additional, specialist training for librarians and exchange of experiences by the libraries. Since the beginning of the program, almost 8,000 librarians have participated in various courses and training, that constitute one fourth of the categories of activities that have been carried out for the last five years. The second category of activities was securing computer hardware and software for libraries. The total of 11,000 computers with free Internet access were secured for libraries thanks to the Orange, and modern software thanks to Microsoft. The third category of activities were information and promotional campaigns presenting how attractive modernized libraries can be, and the fourth – assistance in reinforcing the whole library system in Poland, which was carried out in close cooperation with the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, the National Library, voivodeship-level libraries and the Polish Librarians’ Association,” said PAFF President. He also added that all activities carried out by the government, NGOs and corporations, lead to profound and permanent changes in libraries, which start to take on new functions. This way he referred also to complementary nature of the Library Development Program and other activities taken for the benefit of libraries, first of all under the “Library +” program implemented by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and managed by the Book Institute. He also referred to the recent studies by the Chief Statistical Office, which lead to the conclusion that the libraries participating in the Library Development Program show the biggest increase in numbers of modern information technology users and in social activity. Also the growth of number of library users is bigger in those libraries that participate in the LDP – in 2012 it was growing by 23% year on year, while in the remaining libraries the membership grew by mere 4%.

    Mr. Rafał Kramza, President of FRSI, read the letter with compliments for the Congress participants from Mrs. Anna Komorowska, wife of the President of Poland, who took the honorary patronage of the event. In her letter she pointed to the important role the public libraries play in the present-day society, operating in more and more modern way and ever better meeting their local community needs. “The motto of the this-year Congress, ‘Full steam ahead’, reflects what has been happening in Polish libraries. I wish you continuous invention and willingness to act and that your efforts serve us all,” the wife of the President of Poland whished the Congress participants. In his address, the President of FRSI spoke about the future of the Library Development Program and about those important for the development of libraries aspects which were presented in the “Library with Vision” document prepared by FRSI and reflected in thematic blocks of workshop sessions during the Congress. He emphasized that the creativity of librarians and their ability to go beyond the habits and listen to the residents’ needs, knowledge of the local community, cooperation and sharing resources, ability to attract various environments as well as advocacy and willingness to tell others what you do are important for development of libraries.

    Also Anna Duńczyk-Szulc, Vice Director of the State Patronage Department, the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, referred in her address to the significant role played by the librarians. She noted that the Ministry of Culture and other institutions and organizations provide tools but how effective these tools are depends on the librarians who apply them to reach the library users. The importance of librarians in the general development of the country was appreciated by Małgorzata Naimska, Vice Director of the Bureau of Culture at the Warsaw City Hall. “Big events are important and necessary – they give the sense of success, often create the image of the town and the state, but they are not the most important in the process of building the social capital and improving the standard of living in the country. The most important are invisible, seldom appreciated efforts of all those who do not hope for a quick success but with the persistence worthy the highest respect make efforts to build the new reality day by day,” she said. Grzegorz Gauden, Director of the Book Institute, emphasized challenges faced by libraries, such as e.g. struggle with the still low level of readership. Tomasz Makowski, Director of the National Library, spoke about the success of the Library Development Program in the context of exposing the new skills of librarians and new roles of libraries, as well as reinforcing others in their beliefs that it is worth to follow that direction of changes. In turn, Elżbieta Stefańczyk noted that “Librarians have always had great ideas how to change libraries and now they have got tools to implement these ideas.” “The level achieved by libraries is a source of satisfaction for all of us, “ she concluded. Jadwiga Czartoryska, President of the Orange Foundation, emphasized yet another function of libraries, which is creating the places where people can unite. “More and more people get to know each other at the library,” she said.

    During the inaugural meeting, there was also the ceremony of presenting the winners with the Olga Rok scholarship awarded to women-librarians from public libraries. In the “One-person library” category the award was presented to Magdalena Hankiewicz of District Public Library in Radków, and in the category of “Multi-person library” the winner was Magdalena Turska of the Public Library in Kłodawa. Both winners received the prize of PLN 5,000 which they can use for their personal development. Also, four librarians were awarded with honorary mentions.

    During two workshop days the librarians had the opportunity to improve their knowledge and practical skills. The subjects of six thematic blocks were selected in the open competition. These were: “Ask and you shall receive. Listen to the residents, talk to partners” or how to analyze the local community needs effectively; “Thinking has the future. Plan, select, decide” – about social consultations, ideas of animation and promotion; “Take the bull by the horns. Act together with the others” – about assertiveness, team building and tools of cooperation; “Faint heart never won fair lady! Experiment” or how to deal with the tensions during the cooperation with the others, sustain the partners motivation and enthusiasm and look for innovations in the library; “An ace up your sleeve. Show and use your strengths” – on international partnerships, presenting your ideas and applying new technologies for promotion; “Out to the wider playing field. Trends, inspirations, novelties” – on gamification, design thinking and picture books. The Congress participants took also part in the so-called speed dating, which allowed them to learn many new issues in a short time – in small groups they were talking with representatives of companies, institutions and NGOs that support libraries about possibilities of cooperation. In the form of the so-called un-conference they also had an opportunity to contribute to making the agenda by suggesting subjects they would like to discuss.

    Report from the Congress in “Panorama”, TVP2: http://panorama.tvp.pl/17044667/20102014-1600

    In Poland, the Library Development Program has been supported as part of the Global Libraries initiative implemented within the framework of the World Development Program of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The partner and grantee of the Foundation in Poland is the Polish-American Freedom Foundation. The program is managed by the Information Society Development Foundation.

    by Joanna Lempart-Winnicka, photos by the ISDF
    PROGRAM MANAGER:

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

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