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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

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    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

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    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

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    “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

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    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

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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
     
    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

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    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

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    “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 first Library Directors Forum
    The first Library Directors Forum
    The Leader in Transition Forum for library directors was held online as part of the 4th round ...
    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

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    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

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    This year’s Kirklanders have received their diplomas
    This year’s Kirklanders have received their diplomas
    The diploma giving ceremony took place in Warsaw on June 25 and was combined with the meeting ...
    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

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    20th anniversary of the “RITA” Program
    20th anniversary of the “RITA” Program
    Almost 60 Polish NGOs and their partner organizations in Central and Eastern European countries ...
    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 ...
     
    • The finals of the “Contemporaries of Independent Poland” competition
    • The finals of the “Contemporaries of Independent Poland” competition
    • The finals of the “Contemporaries of Independent Poland” competition
    • The finals of the “Contemporaries of Independent Poland” competition
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    The finals of the “Contemporaries of Independent Poland” competition
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    The finals of the “Contemporaries of Independent Poland” competition

    On November 9, 2018 the finals of the “Contemporaries of Independent Poland” competition to celebrate the Centenary of Regaining Independence by Poland was held at the History Meeting House in Warsaw.

    There were short video presentations of the projects, and talks with the Project Teams by Agnieszka Kudełka of Ośrodek KARTA and Krzysztof Willmann, a literature scholar and an expert of the Polish Declarations of Admiration and Friendship for the United States. Next Zbigniew Gluza, the President of Ośrodek KARTA announced the Competition Committee’s decision, and the prizes were presented to the winners.

    The “Contemporaries of Independent Poland” competition was announced by the Ośrodek KARTA as part of the Infinitely Independent project to celebrate the Centenary of Regaining Independence by Poland. It was based on the Polish Declarations of Admiration and Friendship for the United States. The document, posted on the “Infinitely Independent – People” website, consists of 111-volume album of greetings for the American people to acknowledge American support for regaining independence by Poland and humanitarian aid after World War I. It consists of 30,000 pages with signatures of 5.5 million Polish citizens of all nationalities, collected in 1926. The youngest of those who signed the Declarations were 7 years old – they were born in 1918 and were the contemporaries of Independent Poland. Hence the title of the competition that was addressed to young people. Its organizers assumed that every community, every school, every student might find a close, important or interesting person among those who signed the Declarations and telling their stories trace also a piece of Poland’s history. It was assumed that the stories would make a collective portrait of the society of Second Republic of Poland and would be an original way of celebrating the Centenary of Regaining Independence, also at a local level.

    Originally, the new authors working within various institutions (schools, libraries, cultural centers, but also informal groups, family, etc.) were offered to choose one of the two paths – either to use collected source material for presentation of their hero’s biography or to carry out activities stimulating their local community with reference to and inspired by their hero’s life. Since most of the works submitted to the competition had elements of both paths, the Competition Committee decided to assess all works without breaking them down into different categories.

    Some of the works submitted to the competition described the fate of quite a number of people whose signatures had been found by the authors of the work in the Declarations and who had been residents of the community or students at a local school. The other works presented extensive, well-documented life of a single person. Some of the source material was researched as far away as Eastern Borderlands of the Second Republic of Poland, and some – at place, in the family or school archives. The material found was presented in various forms – as multimedia presentation, documentary, video recording, historical reconstruction, exhibition, or published as a book, newspaper article, comics or even outdoor game. Several works combined various elements.

    The Competition Committee concluded that the projects brought a lot of new knowledge and had permanent impact on local communities, while many of them turned out to be only the starting point for further historical exploration of the Declarations.

    Working in two stages, the Competition Committee awarded the following prizes:

    1st Prize: PLN 4,500

    1. Jakub Dzik from Startowa Non-public Junior High School in Warsaw, Maja Dzik of No 359 Elementary School in Warsaw, Michał Dziergas, Mikołaj Szostak, Nikodem Nycz, Patryk Góra of High School Complex in Bestwina, for The Contemporaries of Independent Poland From Janowice – 100 Years Of Service For The Big And The Small Homeland project presenting the lives of 41 relatives of the project authors; the supervisors – Katarzyna Dzik from Warsaw and Dorota Surowiak from Bestwina.
    2. Paulina Basek, Krzysztof Bogusz, Karolina Kosil, Olga Łukasiewicz, Dawid Nagadowski, Igor Pazura, Wiktoria Podstawka, Miłosz Rosa, Julia Wiśniewska of the Municipal Public Library in Stoczek Łukowski, for The Contemporaries of Independent Poland From Stoczek Łukowski video based on the school photo. The video tells about the Stoczek community in the period between WWI and WWII as illustrated by the lives of teachers and 12 Jewish students who had signed the Declarations; the supervisors – Agnieszka Barej, a librarian at the Municipal Public Library in Stoczek Łukowski and Hanna Stosio – the president of Friends of Stoczek Łukowski Society.

    2nd Prize: PLN 3,500

    1. Szymon Konik, Miłosz Dąbrowski, Patrycja Poznańska, Zuzanna Nienałtowska, Milena Urbańska, Amelia Wiszenko of Rev. Wacław Rabczyński Elemantary School No. 1in Wasilków, for Józef Fiedorowicz – On The Traces Of Clandestine Education project in form of historical reconstruction commented by the historians/students; the supervisor – Mariusz Sokołowski – a history teacher.
    2. Barbara Orzeł and Milan Koczar of Karol Miarka Senior High School No. 1 with Bilingual Classes in Żory, and Błażej Konsek of Nicolaus Copernicus Construction and IT School Complex in Żory for Augustyn Wróbel – One Of 5.5 Million project consisting of a video, biography book and exhibition (with the elements of a happening) presenting typical and untypical life of a Silesian; the supervisor – Elżbieta Koczar , an employee of the Municipal Cultural Center in Żory and mother of a Team member.

    3rd Prize: PLN 2,500

    1. Franciszek Podłęcki, Dawid Reczek, Dariusz Piotr Sapeta, Magdalena Borowiec, Zuzanna Gemza of Nicolaus Copernicus Senior High School at High School Complex No.1 in Brzesko for biographical documentary With Work and Truth – Baron Jan Albin Götz Okocimski (1864–1931) on the life of founder and the supervisor of the school in Okocim who was mentioned in the Declarations; the supervisor – Piotr Paweł Duda, Ph.D., a history and social sciences teacher.
    2. Ewelina Banaszek, Jakub Kosakowski, Dominik Gałązka of School Complex in Dobre Miasto, for They Left A Trace – About Students Of Junior High School In Drohobycz project consisting of video and exhibition showing lives of four students and their teacher – Bruno Schulz; the supervisor – Alina Ślimak , a Polish teacher.

    Book awards consisting of sets of books for institutions supervising the Teams of Authors work, worth PLN 300 each, went to:

    1. Patrycja Letkiman, Weronika Kaczorowska, Maria Kołaczkowska, Zuzanna Gierwatowska of John Paul II School Complex No. 2 in Narzym for Narzym – Generations project presenting several of 60 Narzym residents who signed the Declarations; the supervisor – Anna Szambora-Jaszewska.
    2. Klaudia Łojewska, Mateusz Kujawski, Mateusz Kazanowski of Witold Pilecki Senior High School No.4 in Piaseczno for Jan Stryczyński in Memories and Photos multi-media presentation; the supervisor – Izabela Kłagisz, a history teacher.
    3. Mateusz Nowak, Wiktor Zagozdon, Jakub Chromiński of Witold Pilecki Senior High School No.4 in Piaseczno for the History of a Woman project in format of a journalistic interview; the supervisor – Izabela Turlejska, a librarian.
    4. Aleksandra Oskierko, Julia Kołakowska, Wiktor Kłobuchowski of Witold Pilecki Senior High School No.4 in Piaseczno for Freedom Is Priceless fiction film presenting the story about two brothers – members of Home Army, prisoners of a concentration camp and Stalinist prisons; the supervisor – Dariusz Wasilewski, a history teacher.
    5. Jan Marszałek, Lena Mazurkiewicz, Nikodem Leś, Izabela Bigos, Izabela Hajec, Klaudia Rataj of No.3 Senior High School at the School Complex in Przecław for Władysław Żątowski – a Contemporary of Independent Poland project consisting of the Independence Evening multimedia presentation and an outdoor game; the supervisor – Stanisław Wilczyński, a history teacher.
    6. Maria Lichograj, Mikołaj Łupiński, Julita Łyś, Michalina Moszyńska, Klaudia Soszyńska, Piotr Prekurat, Klaudia Rombel, Justyna Szczygielska of Komisja Edukacji Narodowej No.1 Elementary School in Siedlce, for Haunted House and The School Sweethearts projects consisting of artistic variations on history; the supervisors – Ewa Wysocka, a Polish teacher, Jolanta Hardej and Małgorzata Olczak, librarians at No.1 Elementary School in Siedlce.
    7. Natalia Irek, Aleksandra Szot, Kacper Trzaskowski of No 124 Senior High School at Father Jakub Falkowski Institute for the Deaf in Warsaw for Ludgard Hendzel – a graduate of the Institute for Deaf in Warsaw; the supervisor – Ewa Czerkawska, an English teacher.
    8. Iga Pękul, Patrycja Suwała, Małgorzata Konecka, Olga Durjasz, Maciej Malczewski of Jan Kiliński No 31 School Complex in Warsaw for What We Haven’t Learned at Our History Lessons project consisting of an interview with a 103 years old person who signed the Declarations; the supervisor – Igor Białostocki, a history teacher.
    9. Piotr Pytlarczyk, Klaudia Burs, Joanna Grzegorczyk of Prince Józef Poniatowski No. 5 Senior High School in Warsaw for presentation on the school graduates prepared for the 100th anniversary of the School; the supervisor – Romualda Kuśmierczyk, a history teacher.

    The Polish-American Freedom Foundation was the Partner in the competition.

    For more information visit: nieskonczenieniepodlegla-ludzie.pl

    Source: Ośrodek KARTA, Photos by Maciej Łabudzki
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